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A DIGEST 



OF THE 



EARLY CONNECTICUT 



PROBATE RECORDS. 



COMPILED BY 

Charles William Manwaring, 

Member Connecticut Historical Society. 



Vol. III. 



HARTFORD DISTRICT, 



1729—17^0. 



Hartford, Conn. 
R. S. Peck & Co., Printers, 

1906. 



ONE THOUSAND COPIES PRINTED 

No 



Copyright, 1906, 

by 

CHARLES WILLIAM MANWARING. 



THE L I B R AIk » 

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Herewith is presented to the public the third and last volume of 
" Manwaring's Digest of Early Connecticut Probate Records," which 
completes a digested transcript of the first fifteen books of original 
record, and brings the work down to the year 1750. Beginning with 
the year 1800, there exists a complete modern card index of the records, 
the original books of which are as yet in a much better condition than 
those which are included in this work. There remains, therefore, a. 
period of fifty years (1751 to 1800), the original books of which, it is 
hoped, will yet be compiled as a continuation of Mr. Manwaring's la- 
bors; for it is a period of great interest and importance, including as it 
does the events leading up to the War of the Revolution and the years 
of the war itself, during which there were many matters of both indi- 
vidual and collective interest which would be disclosed by such a com- 
pilation, and would tend to fill many a gap in the line of ancestry, a 
subject which is now engaging the attention of many of the descendants 
of our oldest families, and which will become more and more important 
and valuable as time goes on. Could Mr. Manwaring have been spared 
to us for a few more years, this continuance of his labors would have 
been his greatest pride and pleasure, for it was his constant thought 
and hope. But he has been gathered to his fathers, and, if it is ever 
done, others must complete that which he has so faithfully, conscien- 
tiously and perseveringly begun. 

Of the volume before us, it may be said that to take it up and carry 
it to a conclusion without the guiding hand of its originator and leading 
spirit, had been a task that would have been far more difficult had it 
not been for an intimate knowledge of the personal ideas and wishes of 
the author, whose acquaintance and friendship has transformed the 
task to a pleasurable duty. 

Nothing has occurred during its preparation to call for any more 
explanations than have already appeared in the prefaces to the first and 
second volumes, yet it has been considered advisable to remind the read- 
er (as was done in the second volume) that the ftrst volume contains in 
its first thirty-two pages a list showing the changes made in the different 
Probate Districts of Connecticut from the beginning, and also what 
towns were comprised by them at every change, as this list is of ines- 
timable value as a time and money saver to those engaged in the work of 
tracing their ancestry, as well as to professional genealogists. 

To make each volume as complete and convenient as possible in it- 
self, we also repeat here a list of abbreviations used throughout the 
work, as follows : — Invt., Inventory ; Adms., Administration and deriva- 



IV preface;. 

tives ; Dist., Distribution and derivatives ; Recog., Recognizance, Recog- 
nized, etc. ; W. R., Windsor Records ; P. C, Private Controversies ; Cert., 
" Certified by ; " and Test., " Attested by." 

To compile a work of this kind and extent without making mis- 
takes is simply beyond human ability, one reason alone being that no 
two persons could read, sense and translate the old records exactly alike. 
Another good reason is that none of us are infallible. The effort, then, 
should be to make as close an approximation to correctness as possible, 
and this has certainly been done by the author. Beyond this, time, aided 
by the circulation and practical use of the work, must be depended up- 
on to reveal the errors that really have been made ; and when enough 
of these discoveries have been collected to warrant it, they should and 
will be published as a supplement to the main work. In the meantime 
errors that are discovered in season to be embodied in the work itself, 
but after the sheets have been printed, are gathered in a separate chapter 
of " Errata " and published in each volume. Thus, following this pre- 
face, will be found a list of all errors discovered to date ; and an invi- 
tation is hereby extended to all using this work to make known any real 
error which they may discover, for in this way only can a great work 
like this be sifted, perfected and made an authority. 

Some confusion is found in the original records as to the date of 
death of the testator and the date of the inventory. Unless proof is 
found from other sources, such as town or church records, it is difficult 
to determine from the probate records, as written, what is intended. 

As an illustration of the difficulties encountered in a work of this 
kind, and as a sample of the quaint old records from which this work 
has been compiled, we give here photographic plates of the will of a 
man who was one of Hartford's leading citizens in his day and genera- 
tion — Gregory Wolterton, the first Townsman (Selectman) Hartford 
ever had. On the page opposite each plate is given a translation in type, 
line for line, of the original, including orthography, capitalization and 
punctuation, or lack of the same. It will also be noticed that while the 
testator himself gives the name of Wolterton or Woolterton, it is given 
as Winterton in the certification before the Clerk of Court; and also ap- 
pears as Winterton and Wilterton in other parts of the old records. 

Plates are also given of the monument erected to the founders and 
settlers of Hartford, on the east and north faces of which are inscribed 
their names. This memorial stands in the church-yard of the old First 
Church of Hartford, which is now in the very heart of the city. 

A portrait of Mr. Manwaring forms the frontispiece of this volume, 
and is a good likeness of him as he appeared in the later years of his 
life. 

Thus is finished, with this volume, a work of which, with all its 
faults, any man might well be proud, and which will preserve its au- 
thor's name till the end of time. 



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It is with regret that we announce the death of Mr. C. W. Man- 
waring, genealogist and member of the Connecticut Historical Society, 
and author and compiler of this work, who passed away on Saturday 
evening, August 19, 1905, in Hartford, Conn., where he had resided 
many years, 

Charles William Manwaring was born in Waterford, New London 
County, Conn., May 9, 1829, and was a descendant of one of the oldest 
families in Connecticut, the Manwarings being among the earliest set- 
tlers of that State, and their genealogy being easily traceable for many 
generations before the settlement of the New World. In his young 
manhood he became a builder and contractor, but his love for books and 
research led him to take up a line of work which has resulted in his leav- 
ing behind him a monument more enduring than stone, and a work 
which will be more and more appreciated as future generations come 
and go. 

Mr. Manwaring was about seventy years old when he conceived 
the idea of putting into a concise and durable form the contents of the 
original books of probate records of Connecticut, part of which were 
in the State Capitol and part in the Halls of Record at Hartford, and all 
of which, from excessive use and lapse of time, are fast approaching a 
condition when access to them will be obtained with difficulty. Having 
conceived the idea, he immediately began the work of putting it into a 
practical form, and for the remaining years of his life labored incessant- 
ly under great physical disability, and succeeded in producing the work 
of which this is the closing volume. While it is a work of great value 
to reference libraries, genealogists, and all who are interested in tracing 
their ancestry, it is also a pioneer work in its line, pointing the way to 
what may be done in other parts of the State and in sister States in the 
way of putting their ancient and valuable records into a form that will 
forever insure against their loss or destruction. Only great patience, 
determination, courage, and an abiding faith in the merits of the work 
could have brought about its production, especially at such an advanced 
age, and Connecticut was fortunate in possessing among her citizens 
one who was equipped with such necessary qualifications, and the State 
has recognized his labors by purchasing copies of the work for official 
use. 

It is a sad fact that on the day following the completion of his 
great compilation, he succumbed to the fatal disease which at last took 
him away (a cancerous affection of the throat), thus showing with what 
great courage and suffering he must have pursued his labors on the lat- 
ter part of his work. For nine months he patiently bore his affliction 
until death released him, leaving a work that will preserve his name for- 
ever. 



EEEATA. 



VOLUME I. 



Page. 

3 — The following items should be added to the inventory of Samuel 
Allyn :— 

£ s d 
It. in hogsheads, payles, tubbs and earthen ware, ) 00-19-00 
It. 2 spinning wheeles. ) 00-07-00 

It. in crookes, Grid iron, fire pan and tongs, )oo-i3-oo 

It. his workeing tooles, ) 02-02-00 

It. a muskitt and sworde, ) 00-13-00 

It. a table, and forme, and other lumber, ) 00- 10-00 

It. in cattle: one cowe, one heifer, i yearling, ) 12-00-00 

It. two swynes, ) 04-00-00 

5 — Will of Joseph Clarke is duplicated on page 108. 
16 — line 7 from bottom, for 1644, read 164Q. 
33 — 1. 31, for Elizabeth Standly, read Elizabeth Loomis. 
49 — 1. 28, after Cole, erase son of James Cole, late of Hartford. 
97 — 1. 4, for 1665, read 16^5. 

1. 9, for Commisin, read Tommisin. 
102 — 1. 16 from bottom, for Marcy Bushnell, read Mary Bushnell. 

1. 6 from bottom, for William Adgate read Thomas Adgate. The 
entry in the Court Record is William Adgate, but from other 
authority it is evidently an error of the Recorder, 
118 — 1. 12, for 1659, read 166 1. 

119 — 1. 6 from bottom, erase John, age S3 y<^cirs 2p May, 168 S- 
120 — Erase 1. 1-4, and insert Will of Samuel Greenhill that two-thirds 
of the land of said Samuel Greenhill, deceased, did belong 
to Thomas Greenhill, deceased. They also find that the 
one-half of that tzvo-thirds of Land did belong unto the 
Children of Jeremiah Addams, viz., John Addams, Hannah 
Addams, Sarah Addams, and that one-third part of that 
half doth belong to Nathaniel Willett's Children. And that 
one-quarter of that third part doth belong to Zachary San- 
ford in Right of his wife, and for that proportion the. 
125 — 1, 16, for Cophall, read Coxhall. 

1. 2 from bottom, for Foyse, read Joyse. 
134 — 1. 33, for Abyah, read Abigail. 



^^^^ ERRATA. 



Page. 

141— The following should have appeared on this page • 

. 1. OL^^AGE, RICHARD, Windsor. Died 27 January, 1660 Invt 
taken by Deacon Gaylord and Humphrey Pinney 

And shortly after an Inventori was taken of the estat that he 
i A ^.^"!'l"'"^ .Y^'"'^ ^^^°'^ his death he had before witne 
I ^Al ' will was that his sonn in law John Osbon 
should have all that he had and he was to alow him maintenanc 
whilst he lived and so was to take all and paye all. "^^^ntenanc 

Witnes: Mat:Grant, Tho .-Dibble. 

Imprimis his howse and home lott 8 ac 3 quartus valued ^~^''^- 

wood land and swamp nere pine meadow 13 ac ^ to' Co 

ten ac of swamp neare adjoyning valued 01- n n 
one the east side of the great river aboue 

namerok 12 rodd wide valued at 02 n n 

below namerok 12 rodd wide vald at q. nr n' 

goods with in howse valued in all „ "J o 



68-1 i-o. 



the state indebted to Mr Henery Clarke n tt n 

for rates to the towne mT 

the men that valued the state ware 
Deacon Gaylard, Houmpery Pinne. 

149—1- 19 from bottom, for 1665, read 1633 (twice). 

152— 1. 2 from bottom, for her, read hee (twice). 

^S~l' ^° ^^°^" bottom, for Howard, read Steward. 

166-1. 12-14, Court Record, 7 September, 1693, refers to Estate of 
Christopher Wolcott, son of Simon and Martha (Pitkin) 
Wolcott, who died 3 April, 1693, and should have a separate 

1. 24, Erase Allyn. The sentence ends with Marv 
194— 1. 16, for Samll, read small. 

199— I- 5» for Joseph Gaylord, read Josiah Gavlord. (The name is writ- 
ten Jos. in record.) 

202—1. 18 from bottom, for 1667, read 16/6. For Will dated, read 
Proven. 

Will of John Goodrich, Jr. is duplicated on page ^08-Q 
207—1. 19, for sister, read sisters. f s o y- 

209 — 1. 26, for 1664, read 16/4. 

210—1. I, for John Howkins, read John Judd. After Mary, add Judd. 
2i«— I. 5 and 6, for 18 February, 1655, read 3 February, 1657. Erase 
Ihomas b. 23 April, 1659 (he had died), and Mary, b. 8 Mav 
1667 (she had died). 
Erase 1. 7 and 6 from bottom, and insert To his iive sons and daugh- 
ter Elisabeth, to each 62-13-04. 
219— 1. 14 from bottom, for John Cornish, read James Cornish 
220—1. 20, for 19 March, 1661, read 2 Jan., 1665. 
223— I. 8, for 1 699-1700, read 1669-70. 
1. 10, for 1699, read 1669. 
1. 16, for 1699, read i66q. 



ERRATA. XX 

Page. 
2Z7— 

241 — : 
242 — 
244— 
246 — : 
250— 
253— 
254— 
259— 



260 — 



. 26, for daughter, read sister. 
. 2 from bottom, for Josiah, read Joshua. 
. 2, for Josiah, read Joshua. 
. 15, for 1665, read 1655. 
. 13 from bottom, for Ferris, read Terry. 
23, for (Vol. VI), read (Vol. IV). 

7 from bottom, erase and at end of Hne. 

11 from bottom, for Joseph Stow, read Joseph Hand. 

12 from bottom, for Sister's abovesed, read Sister Abegel's. 

8 from bottom, for foote, read for. 

2, after poorter, insert the wife of Samuel Porter, twenty shil- 
lings. Also, I give unto. 

6, for said John bacon, read land belonging to the school. 

7, for forever, read scner. 
12, for John Haynes, read Joseph Haynes. 

5 from bottom, insert Will dated 21 April, 1670. 
19, for 1688, read 1668. 
8 from bottom, for my son Joseph, read my son John. 

17, from bottom, for Jacob Wells, read Ichabod Wells. 
8 from bottom, erase and Thomas Robbins. 

3, from bottom, for Martha Robbins, read Martha Boreman. 
For Thomas Robbins, read Mr. Robbins. 

18, for James, read John. Erase (Part gone } Gates, and 

insert Peniield, one of the legatees. 

22, for son, read sons. 

19, for Henry, read Mary. 
18, read Joseph, James and Isaac Curtice, and Mr. Kimberly. Lt. 

James Treat, etc. 
4 from bottom, for John Kelly's, read John Kelsey's. 
24, for Father's, read husband's. 

4, erase Hanna Hall. 

323— In distribution to heirs of John Hosford are the names : To heirs 
of John Hosford, Jr. ; to Timothy Hosford ; to Esther Phelps, 
widow ; to Sarah, wife of Joseph Phelps ; to Samuel Hosford ; 
to Nathaniel Hosford ; to Mary, wife of Josiah Owen, Jr. ; to 
Obadiah Flosford. 

350— 1. 9, for 1681, read 1684. 

351— Will of John Pratt is duplicated on page 500. 

355—1. 2, for Mary, read Naomi. An error of the Recorder corrected 
from original document. 

362—1. 7 from bottom, for Daniel Smith, read Samuel Smith. 

363— 1. 20 from bottom, for Arnot, read Arnold. 

364— 1. 13, for Arnot, read Arnold. 

381— 1. 12, for Mr. Welles', read Mrs. Welles'. 

1. 21, after Ichabod Welles, erase remainder of sentence. 



261 — 

269 — : 
273-^ 
276 — 1 



295—1 

296 — I 
297—1 
298— 1 

1 
302— 1 
316-1 



XII ERRATA. 

Page. * 

547 — 1. 8, after Hannah, insert to Daznd. 

549 — 1. 17, for John Darning, read Jonathan Deming. 

557-8 — Court Record (Vol. IX) 6 October, 1719, is misplaced, and 

should appear under Estate of Jonathan Gillett, Sen., on page 

201. 
564 — 1. 5 from bottom, for 1695, read i6p8. 
566 — 1. 6 from bottom, after Mary, add to Nathaniel. 
570— 1. 5 from bottom, for (Vol. VIII), read (Vol. VII). 
575 — Court Records, Estate of Thomas Newberry, should not be separ- 
ated from same Estate on pp. 489-90. 
578 — 1. II from bottom, for son, read friend. 
581 — Court Records, Estate of John Sadd, should not be separated from 

same Estate on pp. 502-3. 
583 — 1. 12, for 1698-9, read 1698. 
592 — Distribution of Estate of Jonathan Welles should not be separated 

from same Estate on pp. 517-8. 
593 — Erase Note: lines 3 and 4. 
597 — 1. 17, erase John Whiting. 

1. 18, erase Widow Hannah. 
598 — 1. 16, after Abigail 13, insert John 11. 
605— INDEX TO ESTATES. 1. 5 from bottom, after Atherton, Major 

Humphrey, erase Hartford. 
606 — 1. 27, for Beckley, Samuel, read, Beckley, Nathaniel. 
1. 37, for Benton, Samuel, read, Benton, Edward. 

620 — Add Stiles, Henry, Windsor, 152 

621 — 1. 24, after Wadsworth, Elizabeth, erase (Farmington) and insert 

Hartford. 



VOLUME II. 



Page. 
16 — Court Records Timothy Baker are duplicated on page 152. 
25 — 1. 2 from bottom, after Father, insert Nathaniel. 
26 — 1. 2, for John Boarn, read Thomas Boarn. 

1. 17, after Joseph, insert to Nathaniel. 
30 — 1. 7 from bottom, after Susannah, erase Porter. 

1. 6 from bottom, erase to Samuel. 
38 — 1. 5 from bottom, for Richard Case, read Rachel Case. 
39 — A former will of William Cheeny, dated 1699, not probated, men^ 
tions wife Hope, and Anne, daughter of his cousin Ben- 
jamin Hand. 
42 — 1. 14 from bottom, for 2nd daughter, read sd. daughter. 
45 — 1. 3 from bottom, for Daniel Hoyt, read David Hoyt. 



ERRATA. XIII 

Page. 

49 — 1. 1 1 from bottom, for Sarah Benton, read Sarah Burton. 
2 from bottom, after David Cornwall insert deceased. 

for Sarah Benton, read Sarah Burton. 
I from bottom, for Stephen Cornwall, read Stephen Cornwall's 
Children. 
52 — 1, 24 and 30, for Poole, read Toole. 
57 — 1. 16, for Palidence, read Patience. 
60 — 1. 25-35, Agreement, 5 August, 1718, Estate of Josiah Elsworth is 

duplicated on page 384. 
62 — 1. 21, for Joseph Kimberly, read Abraham Kimberly. 
80 — 1. 2 from bottom, after Jonathan, insert to Joseph. 
90 — The Estate of Joseph Lewis, Simsbury, should not be separated 

from record of same estate on Page 330, Vol. I. 
95 — 1, 15-26, Court Record, 22 March, 1723, Estate of William Miller 

is duplicated on page 548. 
98 — 1, 23, Insert NORTH, JOHN, son of Samuel North. Court Rec- 
ord, Page 106 — 1st. March, lyoj-S; This Court appoint John 
North to he guardian to his son Josiah North, a minor, age 2 
years. 
26-27, after age erase remainder of sentence, 
for Henry Belding, read Gideon Belding. 
for 2 August, 1707-8, read 2 August, iyo8. 
for Thomas Stodder, read John Stodder. 
for Samuel Stow, read Nathaniel Stow, Jr. 
for 1708, read I/03-6. 
for Page 8, read Page 82. 

from bottom, for Thomas Gipson, read Thomas Crippin. 
from bottom, for Benjaimn, read Benjamin. 
from bottom, for He died, read Taken. 
from bottom, for Mary Wright, read Mercy Wright, 
for 12 April, read 26 April, 
from bottom, after Jonathan, erase Jr. 

from bottom, erase To the heirs of John Bull, deed., and in- 
sert To Thomas, Nehemiah and John Bull, children to John 
Bull, deed. 
1. 9 from bottom, after Susannah, insert Porter. For Sarah Bull, 
read Sarah Hart. 
171 — 1. 12, for Marcey Butler, read Mary Butler. 
172 — 1. 6, for Lydia, read Mary. 

173 — 1. 18 from bottom, for David Chapman, read Jabez Chapman. 
176 — Court Records, 25 July, 1721, and 26 July, 1721, Estate of John 
Chester, have no connection with preceding Estate, and 
should have a separate title. 
177 — 1. 12, for Jemima, read Mary. 
178 — 1. 8, for Jonas, read Josias. 





1. 26- 


112 — 


1. 29, 


114— 


1. 14, 


IICH- 


[. 24, 


120 — 


1. 17, 


127 — 


. 3, 


133— J 


. I, 


144—] 


. 6 


147—] 


. 2 


152 1 


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. 16 


164 — ] 


. 16, 


167- 


. 16 




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XIV ERRATA. 

Page. 

184 — 1. 5 from bottom, Court Record, 4 October, 1725, Estate of Isaac 

Crane, has no connection with preceding Estate, and should 

have a separate title. 



192 — , 
196 — : 

202 — : 

217- 

218—: 



220 — 

229 — '. 



10, for Samuel Wolcott, read Sarah Wolcott. 
8, after daughters, insert Mary and Susannah. 

1, for Hartford, read Haddam. 

2, for Sarah, read Susannah. 
19, for February, read January. 

23, for Samuel Harris, read Daniel Harris. 

24, for Samuel Cadwell, Jr., his daughter Thankful Cadwell, read 
Samuel Bidzvell for his daughter Thankfid Bidwell. 

25, for Hannah Savage, read Hannah Sprague. 
4, after (Vol. X) :, insert 2 March, 1724-f,. 

31-35, Court Records, 3 November, 1724:, and ist. March, 
1725-6: are misplaced, and should appear under Estate of 
Jonathan Hollister on pp. 230-1. 

230 — 1. 20-29, Inventory of Jonathan Hollister is duplicated on page 530. 

233 — 1. 15, after estate:, insert to Mary Hooker. 
bottom line, for Root, read Foot. 

bottom line, erase Corning. The last sentence should read 
Joseph Foot and her father, etc. 

238 — 1. I, after (Vol X) : insert 7 July, 1724: 

239 — 1. 14 from bottom, for Middletown, read Farmington. (The inven- 
tory calls him of Wethersfield.) 

247 — 1. 12, after 7 November: insert 172/: 

252 — 1. 31-33, Court Record, 17 May, 1733: Estate of John Lewis, is 
misplaced, and should have a separate title. ' 

256 — 1. 15, for 19 years, read p years. 

261 — 1. 3, after Deborah, insert Drake. 

265 — Erase 1. 15 and 16, and insert NORTH, JOHN, Farmington, son of 
Thomas North. Invt. £29-12-07. Taken 2 February, 1709-10, 
by Samuel Newell, Sen., and Joseph North. 
1. 23, for son, read brother. 
1. 28-29, Court Record, 8 April, 1701 : is misplaced, and appears 

under Estate of John Warner, Middletown, on page 131. 
1. 30-35, Court Records, 6 April, 1713: and 4 October, 1714: are 
misplaced, and should appear under Estate of Thomas North, 
Farmington, on same page. 

266 — 1. I, for 17 November, read 7 December. 

268 — 1. 19, for Elizabeth Wadsworth, read Mary Wadsworth. The rec- 
ord reads Elizabeth, but is clearly an error of the Recorder. 
1. 9 from bottom, after Thomas, erase Jr. 

269 — ^1. 3, after Olcott, erase Jr. 

273 — 1. 8, insert comma between Jonathan and Humphrey. 

280 — 1. 13 and 12 from bottom should be transposed. John was the 
eldest son, but had died. 



ERRATA. XV 

Page. 

292 — 1. 4, for Richard Seamore, read Ehenezer Seamore. 

1. 23, for Ebenezer Gilbert, read Ehenezer Seamore. 

1. 3 from hottom, for Jonathan Pomeroy, read Joseph Pomeroy. 
298 — 1. 10, for Thankful! Smith, read Nathaniel Smith. 
300 — 1. 13, for Noah Spark's eldest son, read Noah Sparks, eldest son. 
307 — 1. 20, for Mary Steele, read Marcy Steele. 

312 — 1. 32-41, Record of Distribution on file 27 January, 1742-3, Estate 
of John Thompson, is misplaced, and should appear under 
Estate of John Thompson on page 352, Vol. III. John 
Thompson, a son, is named as a legatee. 
313 — last word, for durgget, read drugget. 
322 — 1. 14, for Hannah Bird, read Hannah Birge. 
336 — 1. 13 from bottom, for John, read Stehhin. 
340 — 1. 18 from bottom, after Daniel insert Bidwell, Sen. 
356 — 1. 6, after William, erase and to John. 
361 — 1. 7, for marirage, read marriage. 
370 — 1. 10, for Marcy Churchill, read Mary Churchill. 
379 — 1. 4, for Mary Dunham, read Marcy Dunham. 
380 — 1. 14 from bottom, for 1718, read 17 16. 
387 — bottom line, after her, insert decease. 
397_1. 13, for (Vol. X), read (Vol. IX). 

1. 22, for Francis Wetmore, read Francis Whet more (Whitmore). 

1. 30, for Francis Wetmore, read Francis Whetmore (Whitmore). 

1. 35, for Francis Wetmore, read PVancis Whetmore (Whitmore). 
404 — 1. 10, for Newell Strong, read Hewett Strong. 

1. 15, insert comma between Samuel and Giles. 
416 — 1. II from bottom, erase Mary 10; after Abigail, erase 8. 

(The page in record is broken.) 
443 — 1. 26-7. This Court Record is misplaced and should have a separate 

title. 
450 — 1. 7, for Mary White, read Sarah White. 
452 — 1. 23, for 1 72 1 -3, read 17 2 1-2. 
453 — The last nine lines on this page. Court Records, Estate Mrs. Abiah 

Wolcott, are duplicated on page 626. 
455 — 1. 10, for Joseph Bodwitha, read Joseph Bodnrtha. 
456 — 1. 16 from bottom, for about, read above. 
460 — 1. II, for Benjamin, read Henry. 

1. 18, for 3 August, 1724, read 3 August, 172^. 
464 — 1. 32, for Hooker, read Holcomb. 

465 — 1. 2 from bottom, for Marah Belding, read Mary Belding. 
469 — 1. 2 from bottom, for Martha Boardman, read Hannah Boardman. 
473 — 1. 6, for Daniel, read David. 

476 — 1. 13 from bottom, for Daniel Strong, read Samuel Strong. 
478 — 1. 3 from bottom, for 9 November, read ip March. 

1. 13 from bottom, for Daniel, read David. 
483 — 1. II from bottom, after Timothy, insert comma. 



XVI ERRATA. 

Page. 

489 — 1. 8-13. These Court records are misplaced and should appear un- 
der Estate of Nathaniel Cooke on same page. 
491 — 1. 32, after Hill, erase cormna and insert period I give to my 

daughter Mary. 
511 — 1. 5 from bottom, for Thomas Gates, read Joseph Gates. 
1. 3 from bottom, for Shaylor, read Fuller. 

NOTE. John Gates, a son, had already received his part. 
512 — 1. 15 from bottom, erase (was she not a daughter? ) 
514 — 1. 21, for 2 September, read 5 October. 

I. 22, for William Goslin, read Abraham Fox. 
515 — 1. 13 from bottom, after John, erase Jr. 

525 — The estate of Jonathan Higley should not be separated from the rec- 
ord of the same estate on page 398. 
526 — 1. 24, for sons, read sums. 

541—1. 18, for LOVEMAN CHILDREN, read LOVEMAN, THOM- 
AS, JR. 
544 — 1. 6, for John Pratt, read Joseph Pratt. 
549 — 1. 25, for Daniel Strong, read Samuel Strong. 
551 — 1. 20, for 7 February, read / March. 
554 — 1. 26, for Sarah Hewitt, read Sarah Newell. 
557 — 1. 9, for Grant, read Junior. 
573 — 1. 21, for Mary Hammond, read Mary Hanchet. 
576 — 1. 6 from bottom, after Aaron, erase (David). 
579 — 1. 3, for Mary Watson, read Mary Ashley; for Sara Ashley, read 
Sarah Watson. The record reads as stated, but an error was 
made by the Recorder. See Court Record — 3 February, 
1 71 8-9, page 306. 
581 — 1. 10, insert Will dated 2^ July, IJ28. 
588 — 1. 18, for Hananh, read Hannah. 
1. 22, for son, read sons. 
1. 26, for Jonathan Hall, read Jonathan Hale. 
600 — 1. 3-5, Court Records, 6 June and 5 Septembei, 1727, are mis- 
placed, and should appear under Estate of Capt. William 
Warner, Wethersfield, on pp. 600-2. 
I. 9, insert Will dated if, October, 1726. 
601 — 1. 6 from bottom, for 1725, read i'/26. 
605 — 1. 27, after age erase 12. (The page in record is broken.) 
624 — 1. 14 from bottom, insert Will dated 16 December, 172 f. 
625 — 1. 9, insert Will dated p February, 1726. 
627 — 1. 14 from bottom, for Daniel, read David. 
628 — 1. 15, for Died, read Invt. taken. 
629 — 1. 12, for Eleazer, read Ebenczer. 

643— INDEX TO ESTATES, add Hopkins, Joseph, Hartford, 1712. .233 
675 — Erase from Index, Giles, Samuel, /104. 
681 — Add to Index, Hooker, Giles, 404. 
683 — Erase from Index, Humphrey, Jonathan, 273. 
692 — Add to Index, Finney, Humphrey, 273. 



ERRATA. XVII 

VOLUME III. 



Page. 

5 — Court Record, 4 April, 1732, Nathaniel Bacon, is duplicated on page 

462, Vol. II. 
10 — The last two lines do not seem to belong to this Estate ; probably 

should follow Estate of James Bate on page 353, Vol. II. 
15 — ^1. 4 from bottom, the Court Record reads Jonathan Bulkeley, as 
stated, but from other sources it is evident that the name is 
Buckland. 
16—1. I, for BULL, ISAAC, read BULL, DANIEL, 

1. 8, Erase BULL, SUSANNAH, and add Court Record, 7 Octo- 
ber, 1729 :, to preceding estate. 

18 — 1. 4 from bottom, for 5 April, read 2^ April. 
19 — 1. 32, for 20 May, 1739, read 20 May, 1^31: 

21 — 1. 2 from bottom, for additional record Estate of Peter Butler, 
see page 390. 

27 — I. 19, for Nathaniel Goodrich, read Nathaniel Goodzvin. 
28 — 1. 22-24, This Court Record is misplaced and should appear under 
Estate of Nathaniel Cooke, on page 489, Vol. II. 

54 — I. 10 from bottom, for Daniel, read David. 
4 from bottom, for Daniel, read David. 
55 — 1. 9, for Daniel, read David. 
65 — ^1. 29, for Elizabeth Gross, read Elizabeth Gooff. 
67 — 1. 3 from bottom, after September:, insert 1^30. 
72 — 1. 26, for 31 January, 1731, read 4 April, 1732. 
80 — 1. 6-9, The Court Record of Joseph Loomis is as given, but is 
thought to be an error of the Recorder, and should really be- 
long to the Estate of Nathaniel Loomis, immediately preced- 
ing. 
81 — 1. 4, for Daniel Loomis, read David Loomis. 
83 — 1. 6-22, This Court Record is misplaced, and should appear under 

Estate of Daniel Markham, on Page 256-7, Vol. 11. 
88 — 1. 15, for Giles Hooper, read Giles Hooker. 
91 — 1. 2, for y^ shillings, read 5 shillings. 

92 — 1. 20, for Jdkn Phelps, the 2nd son, read John Phelps 2nd., son, etc. 
97 — 1. 26, for 28 April, read i May. 

1. 28, for her, read him. 
icx) — 1. 10 from bottom, for Hannah Richards, read Esther Richards, 
103 — 1. 25-27, Court Record, 3 July, 1733, is misplaced, and appears un- 
der Estate of Joshua Robbins on page 449. 
112 — 1. 5 from bottom, for Samuel Smith, read Simon Smith. 
Bottom line, for Samuel Smith, read Simon Smith. 



XVIII ERRATA. 

Page. 

113 — I. 9, Insert: Page 41 (Vol. XVI) 5 November, 1751 : Mary Smith, 
alias Flower, Adms., exhibited an account of her Adms., 
which is accepted by the Court, and moves for distribution. 
Whereupon this Court appoint and impower Capt. Daniel 
Webster, Abraham Merrell and Samuel Moodey, of Hart- 
ford, to distribute the estate, viz. : To the relict, her right of 
dowry and 1-3 part of the personal estate ; to Justus, the 
eldest son, a double share; and to Nathaniel, Elizabeth and 
Hannah Smith their single share. 
1. 12, after December, insert 1732-^. 

115-116 — The Court Records, Joseph Spencer, Haddam, are misplaced, 
and should appear under same estate on page 301, Vol. II. 

117 — 1. 3 from bottom, erase STOCKING, ELISHA, and add Court 
Record, ist February, 1732-3 : to preceding Estate. 
1. 2 from bottom, for of the, read of Daniel Stocking. 

131 — 1. 7, add: Page 82 (Vol. XVI) 3 December, 1752: Return of set- 
ting out dowry to Elizabeth Cole, alias Whaples, relict of 
Thomas Whaples, of Farmington. 

147 — 1. 22, for Marcy, read Mary. 

158 — 1. 8 from bottom, for David Gates, read Daniel Gates. Add 
George Gates to agreement, 7 September, 1734. 

161 — 1. 21, for Noadiah Taylor, read John Taylor. 

163 — 1. ir, for Timothy Grant, read Timothy Loomis. 

167 — I. 26, for David Pinney, read Daniel Pinney. 

168 — 1. 20, for $5, read £5. 

175 — Court Record, 28 March, 1734: John Lane, is duplicated on page 
410, Vol. II. 
1. 15 from bottom, for Corp., read Capt. 

178 — 1. 18 from bottom, after Hannah Lord L. S., add widow of Wil- 
liam Lord. 

195 — 1. 9 from bottom, for 1722, read 1728. 

196 — 1. 9 from bottom. It was probably Daniel Sedgwick, not Samuel, 
who chose a guardian ist April, 1735 : An error of the Re- 
corder. 

201 — 1. 5 from bottom, add: Page 87 (Vol. XVI) 13 February, 1753: 
Sarah Smith, widow of Samuel Smith, of Middletown (Ken- 
sington parish), moves for dowry. 

215 — 1. 14, for Daniel, read David. 
1. 18, for Daniel, read David. 
1. 23, for Daniel, read David. 

At end, add: Page 21 (Vol, XVI) 30 April, 1751: Jonathan Yeo- 
mans, aged 17, son of Elisha Yeomans, Tolland, deceased, 
chose Joshua Wills to be his guardian. 

2i8 — 1. 11-14, Court Record, 2 August, 1737: is misplaced, and should 
appear under Estate of John Andrews, Middletown, on pp. 
139-40. 



BRRATA. XIX 

Page. 

240 — I. 17-36, Court Record, 6 May, 1755 : should follow Estate of 
Thomas Cadwell, on page 422, Vol. I. 

253 — 1. 21, for March, 1734, read March, 17 41. 

2y^ — 1. 7, for Daniel, read David. 

281 — I. 14, for William Barnard, read William Burnham. 

312 — 1. 6 from bottom, add: This Court appoint Mrs. Elizabeth New- 
berry to be a guardian to Benjamin Newberry, 13 years of 
age, and Thomas Newberry, about 11 years. 

342 — 1. 9, after December, insert 1741. 

357 — I. 7 from bottom, for Daniel, read David. 

362 — 1. 25, for eldest, read youngest. 

366 — 1. 2-6, Court Records, 24 December, 1742 ; and 5 April, 1743 : are 

misplaced, and should appear under Estate of Sergt. Joseph 

Wetmore, on page 129. 

369— 1. 3, for 1738-40, read 1739-40. 

376 — 1. 4, for Page 112-113, read Page 1 11- 112. 

1. 6, for 30 November, 1742, read 30 November, 1743- 

384 — I. 7 from bottom, add To Joseph Baker, Jr. 

388 — 1. 13 from bottom, the Court Record reads Bolman, as stated, but 
from other sources it is evident that the name is Boardman. 

403 — 1. 13 from bottom, for 1744, read 1743. 

434 — 1. 22-25, This Court Record is misplaced, and should appear under 
estate of Jacob Merrells, p. 546, Vol. II. There was an 
agreement signed 13 December, 1742, between Abigail Mer- 
rells, the widow, and Jacob, Zebulon, Elisha, Asa, Joshua and 
Abigail Merrells. 

437 — 1. 8, for Mary, Wilson, read Mary Wilcox. 

456 — 1. 3, add: Page 63 (Vol. XVI) 19 May, 1752: Richard Shaw, a 
minor, 15 years of age, son of John Shaw, late of Hartford 
deed., chose Samuel Wright of Hartford to be his guardian. 
Recog., £500. 

465 — 1. 7 and 6 from bottom, for Daniel, read David. 

480 — 1. 22, add: Page 37 (Vol. XVI) 5 October, 1751: This Court ap- 
point Daniel Williams of Wethersfield to be a guardian to 
David Williams, about 7 years old, son of David Williams of 
Wethersfield, deceased. Recog., £600. 

488 — 1. 2 from bottom, for Died 5 October, 1748. Invt., read Invt. j 
October, 1748. 

536 — 1. 7 from bottom, for Ebenezer Goodwin, read Ebenezer Griswold: 

566 — 1. II, add: Page 51 (Vol. XVI) 4 February, 1752: Jabez Hall, a 
minor about 14 years and six months old, son of Giles Hall, 
Middletown, deceased, made choice of Jabez Hamlin, Esq., of 
Middletown, to be his guardian. Cert: by Joseph South- 
mayd, J. P. 



XX BRRATA. 

Page. 

567 — 1. 6, for Samuel, read Lemuel. 
1. 29, for Samuel, read Lemuel. 

569 — 1. 6 from bottom, for Simon Kinsbury, read Simon Kingsbury. 

571 — 1. 28, for Hope Fox, read Hosea Fox. 

583 — 1. 23, add: Court Record, Page 67 — 17 May, 1748: An account 
of administration exhibited by Lydia Lee, Admx. 

634 — 1. 6 from bottom, for 1750, read 1^32. 

649 — 1. II from bottom, insert: Page 28 (Vol. XVI) 17 June, 1751 : 
Mary Smith, daughter of Nehemiah Smith, late of Glaston- 
bury, deceased, made choice of her uncle Gideon HoUister to 
be her guardian. Cert : Thomas Pitkin, J. P. 

660 — 1. 7, for Osgood, read Osborn. 

665 — 1. 13, add : This Court appoint John Arnold, Jr., to be a guardian to 
William Stow, a minor son of Ebenezer Stow, 1 1 years old ; 
to Martha Stow, aged 9 ; and Elizabeth Stow, aged 7. Recog., 
£500 for each minor. 

668 — 1. 9-13, Court Record, 29 May, 1749: is misplaced, and should ap- 
pear under Estate of Samuel Thompson, on pp. 354-5. 

687 — 1. 15 from bottom, add: Page 87 (Vol. XVI) 13 February, 1753: 
William Rockwell, guardian to Isaac Williams, late of Mid- 
dletown, deed., moves for distribution of land lying in com- 
mon with heirs of Sarah Williams. 

696 — 1. 12 from bottom, add: Page 96 (Vol. XVI) 13 April, 1753: 
Elijah Yeomans, aged 15, son of Elijah Yeomans, late of 
Tolland, deed., made choice of Joshua Wills of Tolland to be 
his guardian. This Court appoint Joshua Wills to be a 
guardian to Oliver Yeomans, aged 13, Eunice aged 8, and 
Elisha aged 6 years. 



Will of Gregory Wolterton, 

HARTFORD, 1674. 

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I Gregory wolterton of hartford upon the River of 

Conictacoote doe make this my last will and testimement 

wherein I give unto my wife Jane wolterton the some of twenty 

pound to be payd in movebel goods as it prised & provided that 

it be in such as she desire I doe also give unto Jane my wife 

her dweling and liberty and use of the nue roome which was last 

bilt which is next to the garden but not for to let it away to any 

but for to use it for her owne use during the time of her life and 

for to use some part of the seller and the ouene for her Convenienty 

and liberty for to set her firewood in the yard I doe also give unto 

her six pound to be payd to her every yeare by my excecktor during 

the time of her life I doe also give unto James wolterton the son 

of mathew wolterton that live in Ipsage in sufolke in owld Ingland 

ten pond if he be living if not to his Childeren eaquelly divided I also give 

unto Mathew waller of nue londen five pound I give also unto 

Rebecka waller ten pound I give unto sara waller five pound 

I give unto John shepeard sener the son of Edward shepard one peese 

of land by estemation fower ackers be it more or les lying and 

buting upon benieme harbor east paul peck south John bidall north 

and upon paul peck and John bidall west and he is for to pay twenty 

shilings to his father Edward shepard twenty shilings to his sister 

Debbera fairbankes and twenty to his sister sara Tomson and twenty 

shilings to his sister Abegeles Childeren I doe heereby give 

unto hanna lord and to mary lord the daughters of Thomas lord 

that is deseased five pound a peese and the things that are left 

in the trounke that wer the mothers for to be devided butwin them 

and Mary for to have trounke and also to the sones of wiliam 

waller deseased at lime that is to say to wiliam waler ten pound 

to John waler ten pound to samull waler ten pound and to mathew 

waler ten pound mor over I give to wolstone brockwood seaner ten 

pound and to wiliam brockwod his son ten pound also I give to bethia 

stoken the daughter of samiuell stoken five pound. 

I give unto samuell stoken seaner forty shilings and also unto 

Steven hopcines seaner forty shilings I doe also give unto na 

thanill standly twenty shilings also to mary poorter the wife of 

John porter seaner twenty shilings also unto hanna poorterr the 

wife of samuell poorter twenty shilings also I give unto the 

wife of Tsacke Moore of farminton twwenty shilings also I 

give unto Mr John whiting paster of the Congregation five pound 

also I give one parsell of land lying in hoccannum sixe ackers 

be it more or les abuting on the great River west on Nathanile 

bakon south and on the land belongingen to the scoole North and upon 

the upland east unt Mr James Richards and John whit sener and 

to whome they shall apoint as fofifees in trust for the onlj' use & 

behoufe for the maintinence of the ministry of the mennistrey 

of the south side of the Riveret the Church wherof Mr whiting is now 

pastor, more over I give unto Elisebeth Antrewes the wife of 

John Andrews juner forty shilings also I give unto Mr Joseph Haynes teacher 

at the owld meeting house forty shilings also I order unto dority lord 

lord the daughter of thomas lord deseased twenty shilings 

and more over I give unto John mirels and his Ayers for ever booth my 

bowsing & tanyard & all that I have and all my land that Is undisposd 



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whome I ordayne and apoint sole cxcctor to this my last will 
will & testement I doe also desire my loving frinds Mr James 
Richards and John whit sener for to be overseers to this my last 
will & testiment as witnes my hand and seale this seventene of July 
1674 Gregory wolterton 

Signed & sealed in 
presence of us 
James Richards 
John White 

Augt 26, 1674 
These may Certifie that Gregory woollterton did in the Presence of 
John white and my selfe (wittnesses above subscribed) signe seale 
deliver and declare the within and above sd writenig to bee his 

last will and testamt 

as Attests James Richards Assist. 

Mr John White made oath in court Sept 3 1674 that Gregory winterton 
signed sealed & delivered this as his last will & Testament in 
presence of Mr James Richards & himself as Attests 

John Allyn Secrety 



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PEOBATE EEOOEDS. 



VOLUME XI. 



1729 to 1732. 



Page 158-9. 

Ackley, Samuel, Haddam. Died 18 January, 1729-30. Invt. in land, 
^337- Taken by James Spencer, John Bate and James Cone. 

Court Record, Page 2'] — i September, 1730: Adms. to Hannah 
Ackley, the widow, who exhibits an inventory. Accepted and ordered 
to be recorded and kept on file. 

Page 44 (Vol. XVI) 28 November, 1751 : An account of Adms. on 
the estate of Samuel Ackley was now exhibited in Court by David Gates, 
Adms. Accepted. Also, the sd. Adms. moves for a distribution, where- 
upon this Court appoint and impower Moses Rowley, John Persivel and 
John Fuller, of East Haddam, to dist. the estate, viz., 1-3 of the moveable 
estate to the relict of the deceased, also 1-3 part of the real estate ; and to 
David Ackley, only child, all the residue of sd. estate, both real and per- 
sonal, to be to him and his heirs forever. 

Dist. File : 20 May, 1752 : To the widow, Hannah Gates ; to David 
Ackley, only son. By Moses Rowley, John Fuller and John Parsivel. 



Page 265. 

Adams, Esther, Hartford. Died 30 October, 1732. Invt. £15-00- 
01. Taken 6 December, 1732, by Timothy Cowles and Nehemiah Smith. 

Court Record, Page 78 — 5 December, 1732: Adms. to Joseph 
Cowles, and, with Daniel Bidwell, recog. in £200. 

Page 84 — 6 March, 1732-3: Exhibited an inventory. Accepted, 
ordered to be recorded and kept on file. 



Page 325-6-7. 



Allyn, Dea. Thomas, Middletown. Invt. £1204-18-04. Added, £949- 
10-00. Taken by Jabez Hamlin, Solomon Adkins and Nathaniel Bacon. 
Will dated i December, 1733. 

I, Thomas Allyn, of Middletown, do make this my last will and testa- 
ment : Imprs. I give to my wife Hannah Allyn fourty pounds out of my 
moveable estate, also the use of one-half of my dwelling house and cellar, 



2 PROBATE RECORDS. VOL. XI, 

and the use of one-third of my barn and yard and orchard and of all my 
improved lands ; all this so long as she continues my widow. Item, I 
give to my daughter Elizabeth, and to her heirs forever, my lot on which 
my dwelling house now stands, from the highway eastward so far as my 
lot extends, with all the buildings, yards and orcharding upon the said 
land, and also westward from said highway the whole breadth of my lot 
unto the highway on Stony Hills, about 75 acres. Also, I give her the 
sixty acres of land lying in the long lots on the east side the Great River, 
which I bought of brother Jonathan Smith. Also, all my right in uncle 
Thomas Allyn's new division on the east side the Great River: i, e,, my 
own right as heir to him, and what I bought of my brethren ; and also the 
one-half of all my rights to undivided lands and commonage. Also, two- 
thirds of my sheep, and the one-half of all my other stock and moveable 
estate whatsoever (after her mother has taken the fourty pounds I have 
given her in what she pleaseth), hereby obliging my said daughter Eliza- 
beth or her heirs seasonably to pay the one-half of my just debts and 
funeral charges and half the legasie hereafter mentioned. Item. I give 
to the children of my daughter Hannah Gilbert, deceased, and to her heirs 
forever : Imprs. I give to her eldest son, Allyn Gilbert, the west end of 
my new field lot which my house standeth on, about 70 acres. Item. 1 
give to her second son, Nathaniel Gilbert, all my right in the long lot on 
the east side the Great River, which was originally uncle Thomas Allyn's, 
about eight schore acres. Item. I give to her two daughters, Hannah and 
Dorothy Gilbert, one-third of my sheep and one-half of all my other stock. 
Also, I give them the half of my right in undivideU lands and commonage 
so far as to make each of their portions half as much as one of their broth- 
ers. Item. I give to my four grandchildren, Allyn, Nathaniel, Hannah 
and Dorothy Gilbert, 10 acres of land at the west end of my lot in the new 
division on the east side ye Great River. Item. I give five pounds in 
money to be improved for the religious instruction of the children in the 
New Feild Quarter, and my will is that the minister who shall have the 
pastoral charge of the people in said Quarter shall be desired to spend a 
convenient time in the month of June annually in giving pious and Godly 
instructions to the children. And I io appoint the committee for the 
school in said Quarter to receive and improve said money for the above- 
said, ordering them to pay said minister annually six shillings. I appoint 
my two sons-in-law, Nathaniel Gilbert and Jonathan Allyn, executors. 
Witness : Zacheus Candee, Thomas Allyn, ls, 

Joseph Blacke, 

William Rockwell. 

Court Record, Page 103 — i January, 1733-4: The will and inventory 
now exhibited in Court, proven, and both accepted and ordered to be re- 
corded and kept on file. 



Will and Invt. on File, 

Arnold, Josiah, Haddam. Died 22 June, 1733. Inventory taken 2. 
July, 1733, by Benjamin Smith, John Fisk and Thomas Brooks, Sen. Will 
dated 15th June, 1733. 



1729 TO 1732. PROBATE RECORDS. 3 

Know all men by these presents : That I, Josiah Arnold of Haddam, 
in the County of Hartford and Colony of Connecticutt, in New England, 
being of a languishing state of body and hastening to my dissolution, yet 
of sound mind and memory, do make and ordaine this my last will and 
testament, viz. : First of all, I comend my spirit into the hands of Him that 
gave it, and my body unto the earth, to be buried in decent Christian burial 
as my executors shall think fit. And as to these worldly goods where- 
with God hath blessed me, I give and bequeath them in manner fol- 
lowing, viz. : Imprimis : I give and bequeath to my well-beloved wife 
Abigail the use and improvement of 1-3 part of all my real estate, both 
buildings and lands, during her natural life ; and 1-3 part of all my per- 
sonal estate, goods and chattells I give her to be at her own disposal 
forever. Item. I will and bequeath to Francis and Josiah Arnold, sons 
of my brother David Arnold, a piece of land containing 39 acres and a 
1-2, lying at the south end of Turkey Hill, bounded south on Saybrook 
line, east on land of Abraham Tyler, north on land of Hannah Tyler, and 
west on William Scovill's land. Item. To my well-beloved daughter and 
only child, Rhoda, I give and bequeath all the remaining part of my estate, 
both real and personal, moveable and imoveable, to be her own forever. 
Item. I ordain and appoint my brother David Arnold and my well-beloved 
wife Abigail the sole executors of this my last will and testament. In 
witness whereof I have hereunto set my hand and seal. 
Witness : Phineas Fiske, Josiah Arnold, ls. 

Joseph Hunger, Mary X Smith. 

Court Record, Page 96 — 29 June, 1733: Will proven. .. ^ 

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Page 146-7. 

Bacon, Andrew, Middletown. Invt. £570-13-03. Taken 5 August, 
1731, by Israhiah Wetmore, William Ward and Joseph Rockwell. 

Court Record, Page 53 — 22 September, 173 1 : Adms. to Anne Bacon, 
widow. Recog., with James Tappin, £300. 



Page 55. 
Bacon, Beriah, Middletown. Invt. £517-07-02. Taken 27 



1730, by John Collins, Joseph Rockwell and Nathaniel Bacon. Will 
dated 9 May, 1729. 

I, Beriah Bacon of Middletown, do make this my last will and testa- 
ment: I give to Anne, my wife, the 1-3 part of my moveable estate and 
the use of 1-3 of each parcel of land during life, and which room she shall 
choose in my dwelling house, with convenient sellering, during her life. 
I give to my eldest son, Beriah Bacon, my dwelling house and the lott it 
stands upon, which I bought of John Ranney, and 8 acres of my other 
half-mile lott which lyeth southward of the highway my house stands by. 



4 PROBATE RECORDS. VOL. XI, 

to be taken out of the north end, upon the east side, half the width of sd. 
lott ; but and if that width cuts off all the brook towards the south part of 
the 8 acres, then it shall run so wide as to leave convenient watering in 
the remaining parts of sd. lott southward of the sd. 8 acres. This I give 
to my son Beriah and to his heirs forever, I give to my son Pierpont Ba- 
con the remaining part of my aforesd. half-mile lott lying southerdly of 
the highway by my dwelling house. After his brother Beriah has had his 
8 acres, the remaining part I give to my son Pierpont and to his heirs for- 
ever. I give the remainder of all my lands and moveable estate to be di- 
vided equally amongst all my children, sons and daughters, each one an 
equal share. I make my wife, Anne Bacon, sole executrix. 
Witness : Nathaniel White, Beriah Bacon, ls. 

John Bacon, ^rd, Joseph White. 

A codicil, dated 19 April, 1730: The executrix may advance some 
part of the moveable estate to the daughters in case of need (as of mar- 
riage before they come of full age), such advances to be a part of their 
portions. 

Witness : Joseph White, Beriah Bacon, ls. 

John Churchill. 

Court Record, Page 21 — 2 June, 1730: Will proven. 

Page 63 — 4 April, 1732 : Tabitha Bacon, a daughter of Beriah Bacon 
of Middletown, chose her uncle Nathaniel Bacon to be her guardian. Re- 
cog., iioo. 

Page 73 — 4 August, 1732 : This Court appoint Ann Bacon, alias Gill, 
the relict of Beriah Bacon, late of Middletown, and her present husband 
Joshua Gill to be guardians to Beriah Bacon, age 12 years, Pierpont Ba- 
con, age 8 years, Ann 10, and Bethia Bacon, age 4 years. Recog., £200. 

Dist. File: 13 June, 1733: Dist. of the estate as followeth: To the 
widow, Anne Bacon ; to Elizabeth Passewell, to Anna Bacon, to Tabitha 
Bacon, to Beriah, eldest son; to Pierpont Bacon. 

Page I (Vol. XII) 28 March, 1731 : Dist. of the estate of Beriah Ba- 
con exhibited in Court by Ann Gill, executrix, Nathaniel Bacon and Wil- 
liam Rockwell. 



Page 233. 

Bacon, John, Middletown. Will dated 30 October, 1732. 

I, John Bacon, Sen., of Middletown, do make this my last will and 
testament : I give unto Mary, my well-beloved wife, all my right and in- 
terest in any lands or moveable estate whatsoever that she brought with 
her or stood possessed of when I married with her, that are now in Ueing, 
and also two cowes which I now have : all this I do give to her and her 
heirs forever. Also I give unto her the improvement and use of my 
dwelling house which I now dwell in, and the yard before the doore to the 
highway, and the garden southward of the house, and liberty to fetch 
water from the well, and the rent of all my lands in Hartford; these I 



1729 TO 1732. PROBATE RECORDS. § 

give to her for her comfort during her natural life. And I do hereby pro- 
hibit her receiving any tenant into my dwelling house without the con- 
sent or liberty of my son John Bacon. I give unto my daughter Sarah 1-2 
of my brass kettle and all the pewter ware which I now have which did 
belong to her mother, my former wife Sarah. Also I give unto her all 
my Wongunk swamp which lies against the end of the meadow of her 
husband Nathaniel Brown. I do hereby order my son John Bacon to pay 
to my sd. daughter iio out of my moveable estate. All this I give to my 
sd. daughter and to her heirs forever. I do further give unto my wife 
Mary 1-3 part of my swine, Indian corne and flax, and the whole of a 
parcel of yarn which she hath prepared for cloth. And my will is she shall 
have 3 bushels of wheat and 2 bushels of Indian meal from my grist mill 
yearly so long as my sd. mill shall continue in order, or during her natural 
life. I give unto my son John Bacon, whom I likewise make my only and 
sole executor, all and singular my houseing and lands and all other estate, 
whatsoever and wheresoever the same shall and may be found or belong- 
ing unto me by any lawfuU means (he paying my funerall charges, just 
debts and legacies), all by him freely to be possessed and in joyed forever. 
Witness : John Collins, John Bacon, ls. 

Nathaniel Collins, William Rockwell, 

Court Record, Page y^ — 17 November, 1732: Will proven. 



Bacon, Nathaniel. Court Record, Page 63 — 4 April, 1732 : Nathan- 
iel Bacon, as guardian, exhibits in Court a receipt bearing date 31 Jan- 
uary, 1 73 1 -2, from John Bacon, that he had received from his guardian, 
Nathaniel Bacon, all the estate due from said guardian to him. 



Bailey, Christopher. Court Record, Page 91 — 17 May, 1733: 
Christopher Bailey, a minor, 15 years of age, chose Seth Wetmore, of 
Middletown, to be his guardian. Recog., £100. Cert: Giles Hall, J. P. 



Page 122-123. 



Bancroft, Ephraim, Windsor. Died ist May, 1731. Invt. £87- 
13-00. Taken by John Cady, Samuel Osborn and David Bissell, Will 
dated 17 October, 1727, 

I, Ephraim Bancroft, Sen., of Windsor, do make this my last will 
and testament : I give to my son Nathaniel my house and homestead, both 
upland and meadow, and orchard adjoining, lying in Windsor, to him and 
his heirs forever. Also, that part of my lott that I bought of Joseph Owen 
running from the common road or highway eastward to the end of Three- 

Mile , I give to my sons Nathaniel and Thomas, to be equally 

divided between them. Also, after my decease, I give my moveable estate 



6 PROBATE RECORDS. VOL. XI, 

to my son Nathaniel and his heirs forever. I give to my son Ephraim, 
besides what I have already given him, lo shillings in money or that which 
is equivalent. I give to my daughter Sarah i cowe besides what I have 
already given her. I give to my son John £7 in money or other pay 
equivalent, to be paid out of my estate by my son Nathaniel. I give to 
my son Daniel £5 in money or other pay equivalent, to be paid by my son 
Nathaniel. I give to my son Thomas all my lands lying on the west side 
of the road or highway running down to the Great River, on which 
Thomas's house now standeth. This I give him besides what I have given 
to him in this my last will and testament. Also my will and pleasure is 
that my teeme tackling shall be equally divided between my son Nathaniel 
and my son Thomas. I do hereby appoint my son Nathaniel Bancroft and 
Jeremiah Bissell, of Windsor, my executors. 

Witness : Edward Hunting, Ephraim Bancroft, ls. 

Ebenezer Stiles, Sarah Pinney, Jr. 

Court Record, Page 48 — 6 July, 1731 : Will proven. 



Page 84-5. 

Banks, John, Middletown. Invt. £373-10-11. Taken 23 December, 
1730, by John Sage, Samuel Gipson and John Warner. 

Court Record, Page 34 — 5 January, 1 730-1 : Adms. to Elizabeth 
Banks, widow. 

Page 25 (Vol. XIII) 22 March, 1737-8: William Banks, age 14 years, 
son of John Banks, chose William Rockwell to be his guardian. Recog., 
£50. Cert : Giles Hall, J. P. 

Page I (Vol. XIV) 6 April, 1742: Sarah Banks, a minor, 17 years 
of age, and Mary Banks, a minor, 12 years of age, daughters of John 
Banks, chose William Rockwell of Middletown to be their guardian. 
Recog., £200. 



Page 30-31. 



Barbour, David, Hebron. Invt. £1300-03-00, plus. Taken 3 Decem- 
ber, 1729, by Samuel Waters, Joseph Phelps and Samuel Curtis. Will 
dated 2 October, 1729. 

I, David Barbour of Hebron, in the County of Hartford, do make 
this my last will and testament: I give to Hannah, my wife, £30 in cur- 
rent money of the Colony ; also i black mare and 1-3 part of my buildings 
and household goods, debts and moveable estate during her naturall life ; 
and also the improvements of all my real and personal estate for the care- 
ful bringing up of my children until they arrive to lawful age, and then 
the sd. improvements to return to the sd. children as they shall come to 
lawful! age. And after her death the sd. 1-3 part to return to each child 
to whome it belongs, as hereafter mentioned. I do likewise make Hannah, 



1729 TO 1732. PROBATE RECORDS. 7 

my sd. wife, sole executrix. I give to my son David land adjoining Mor- 
ris Tilletson's land and Jacob Root's land, together with 1-2 of my com- 
mon and undivided right of land, and also part of the orchard on the east 
side of sd. highway, for 6 years forward after my son David come to law- 
full age, and no longer. I give to my son Stephen the remainder of my 
land on the east side of the highway ; also my homestead with the build- 
ings thereon, together with 1-2 of my common or undivided right of land, 
for which the sd. Stephen shall pay £5 money to each of the sisters within 
two years after he comes of age. I give to my daughter Hannah £10 cur- 
rent money of the Colony ; also the other two of my daughters, viz.. Tem- 
perance and Mary, an equal legacy with Hannah save the iio as above 
given, which gift or legacies to my sd. daughter shall be in my other lands 
already laid out in three certain parcells as far as these three parcells will 
do, and the moveables to make the remainder. I make Capt. Hezekiah 
Gaylord and Sergt. John Phelps, of Hebron, my overseers. 

Witness : Nathaniel Stiles, David Barbour, ls. 

Asaell Phelps, Samuel Curtice. 

Court Record, Page 9 — 6 January, 1729-30: Will proven. 

Page 80 — 6 February, 1732-3 : David Barbour of Hebron, age 16 
years, chose Joseph Phelps of Hebron to be his guardian. Recog., iioo. 

Page 90 — 17 May, 1733 : Temperance Barbour chose Joseph Phelps 
to be her guardian. Recog., £100. 

Page 53 (Vol. Xni) 27 December, 1739: Mary Barbour, age 14 
years, chose Israel Post of Hebron to be her guardian. Recog., £200. 
Cert: Joseph Phelps, J. P. And Stephen Barbour, a minor, 15 years of 
age, chose Moses Case of Hebron to be his guardian. Recog., £200. 



Page 18-19. 

Barbour, Lieut. Josiah, Windsor. Invt. £817-01-00. Taken 7 Jan- 
uary, 1729-30, by Jacob Drake, Job Loomis and Timothy Loomis. (See 
File for date and names.) Will dated ist April, 1726. 

I, Josiah Barbour of Windsor, "wheel wright," do make this my last 
will and testament : I give unto Sarah, my wife, for her to have and in- 
joy, 1-3 part of my lands, some portions that I purchased of Ebenezer 
Gilbert and Ebenezer Spencer, and also of Ebenezer Williams's land that 
belonged to Mark Kelsey, and 1-3 part of the land I purchased of Josiah 
Cooke and Joanna his wife. I also give unto my wife, for her to have and 
in joy only for and during ye time she shall happen to live and remain my 
widow, my parlour or lower room of my dwelling house, also 1-2 part of 
the west end of my barn. Also, I give to her a feather bed, a mare and a 
cowe, to be her own forever, and one year's provision. The reason why 
I have not given unto my wife any more of my moveable estate is because 
that I had none of her estate left her by her former husband, for she dis- 
posed of the same unbeknowne to me, and she may dispose of my estate 
(if given) as she did her former husband's and so leave herself destitude. 
I give to Nathaniel Barbour, my eldest son, besides what I have already 



S PROBATE RECORDS. VOL. XI, 

given him by deed of gift, all my land in the lower field on the west side 
of the road to Windsor, 1-3 part of the land I purchased of Ebenezer Wil- 
liams that belonged to Mark Kelsey, 1-3 part of the land I purchased of 
Josiah Cook and Joanna his wife, and also 1-3 part of the land I purchased 
of Ebenezer Gilbert and Ebenezer Spencer; also, 1-3 part of all my un- 
divided land that shall be laid out by virtue of any right belonging unto 
me. Also, I give to son Nathaniel Barbour £20 in money, to be paid him 
by his brother Aaron Barbour. I give to my son Jonathan Barbour, be- 
sides what I have already given him by deed of gift, 2-3 part of the land 
purchased of Ebenezer Williams that belonged to Mark Kelsey, 2-3 part 
of the land I purchased of Josiah Cook, also 1-3 part of the meadow land 
I purchased of Ebenezer Gilbert and Ebenezer Spencer, also 1-3 part of 
all undivided lands. I give him £20 as money, to be paid him by his broth- 
er Aaron Barbour. I give my son Aaron Barbour my home lott, dwell- 
ing house, barn, and all edifices erected on the same, with other lands. 
Also, I give him all my "wheel wright's" tools. I give to my two daugh- 
ters, Abigail Brown and Rebeckah Drake, to each of them £So in cur- 
rent pay or 2-3 money. I give unto my daughter Abigaill £5 more. I give 
to my grandchildren : to Elizabeth Drake, if she continues to live at my 
house till she comes of age, the sum of £20 in current pay or 2-3 money ; 
and to Hannah Drake £15 as money. I make my sons, Nathaniel Barbour, 
Jonathan Barbour and Aaron Barbour, executors. 

Witness : Charles Whiting, Josiah Barbour, ls. 

Samuel Howard, John Dod. 

A codicil, dated 9 December, 1729 : I, the sd. Josiah Barbour, by this 
present codicil, do ratify and confirm my last will and testament, and do 
give to my wife Sarah 10 bushels of Indian corne, 6 bushels of rie, and 
20 pounds of flax and a barrel of sider, and all the pork, butter and suit 
in the house, to be paid to her, my sd. wife Sarah, immediately after my 
decease. And whereas I have ordered a legacy to be paid by my executor 
to my two grandchildren, Elizabeth Drake and Hannah Drake, my will 
is that Elizabeth Drake shall have one of the feather beds and one of the 
blankets my wife made since we married, and Hannah Drake the other 
feather bed and two blankets which she made since she came here, and 
the middle brass kettle, as part of their legacies, to be valued at inventory 
price ; but my wife Sarah shall have the use of them during her natural 
life. 

Witness : Elisha Pratt, Sarah Pratt, Josiah Barbour, ls. 

Hannah Loomis, Timothy Loomis. 

Court Record, Page 8 — 6 January, 1729-30: Will proven. 
Page 49 — 3 August, 1731 : The executors exhibit receipts. under the 
hands of the heirs. 



Page 155-6. 

Barbour, Ruth, Windsor. Invt. £84-10-06. Taken 30 November, 
173 1, by Nathaniel Drake, John Cook, Jr., and Henry Allyn. Will dated 
13 November, 1716. 



1729 TO 1732. PROBATE RECORDS. 9 

I, Ruth Barbour of Windsor, thought it best to make this my last will 
and testament: After my just debts and funerall expenses are paid, my 
will is that what is wanting of my son Benjamin and John Barbour's por- 
tion, and also of Sarah Barbour's portion, according to their father Samuel 
BarlDour's last will, shall be made up to each of them out of my estate. 
Further, I freely release my son Joseph Barbour from that 20 shillings 
per annum that he was to pay unto me by his Father Barbour's will. I 
fully discharge my son Benjamin Barbour from paying for his dyet while 
he has been with me, provided he demand nothing of my executors for 
what work he has done for me, nor for the corn or meat I have had of 
him. I give to my son John Barbour my mare and a steer, and all my 
right in the oxen that sd. Joseph Barbour bought of Josiah Barbour, and 
also hay to keep them this winter. I give to my daughter Sarah my best 
bed and furniture, also a pig and four bushels of come and two of rye. I 
give to my son-in-law, Samuel Barbour, 20 shillings in rnoney besides 
what he owes me. I give to my grandson, William Barbour, 5 shillings in 
money. Lastly, my will is that the remainder of my whole estate be di- 
vided to and among my children hereafter named, in equal shares, viz., 
to David Barbour, Joseph Barbour, Benjamin Barbour, John Barbour, 
Mary Brown, Ruth Phelps, Elizabeth Loomis and Sarah Barbour. I 
make my son Joseph Barbour sole executor. 

Witness : Matthew Allyn, Ruth X Barbour, ls. 

Thomas Marshall. 

Court Record, Page 86 — December, 1731 : Will proven. 



Page 83, 93. 

Barbour, Sarah, widow of Lieut. Josiah Barbour, Windsor. Died 
1730-31. Invt. ^50-02-08. Taken 4 January, 1730-31, by Thomas Mar- 
shall, Thomas Filer and Timothy Loomis. Presented by Deacon Nath- 
aniel Drake, Remembrance Sheldon, Adms., and Hannah his wife. 

See File : We, the subscribers, being the only heirs of the estate of 
our honoured mother, Sarah Barbour deceased, relict and widow of Lt. 
Josiah Barbour of Windsor, do hereby mutually agree to divide the es- 
tate as followeth : To Enoch Drake, eldest son, his double portion ; to 
Benoni Trumble and Sarah his wife, to Remembrance Sheldon and Han- 
nah his wife, and to Nathaniel Drake, to each of them their single por- 
tions. To which agreement we, the subscribers, do hereby bind our- 
selves, all to each and each to other, and each of our heirs, in the full and 
just sum of £50 of current money of this Colony, to be paid by him or 
them that shall refuse to stand to the above agreement to him or 
them that shall stand to and abide by the same. 30 February, 1 730-1. 



Enoch Drake, ls. 
Nathaniel Drake, ls. 
Benoni Trumble, ls. 
Witness : Giles Elsworth, 
Timothy Loomis. 



Remembrance Shelding, ls. 
Sarah Trumble, ls. 
Hannah Shelding, ls. 



lO PROBATE RECORDS. VOL. XI, 

Court Record, Page 33 — 5 January, 1 730-1 : Invt. exhibited by 
Nathaniel Drake and Remembrance Sheldon, Adms. Accepted. 

Page 37 — 7 February, 1 730-1 : Agreement exhibited and confirmed 
by the Court. 



Page 194. 

Bate, James, Sen., East Haddam. Invt. £1032-19-01. Taken 13 
April, 1732, by Daniel Brainard, Timothy Fuller and John Holmes. Will 
dated 24 December, 1729. 

I, James Bate, Sen., of the Township of Haddam, on the east side 
of the river, in the County of Hartford and Colony of Connecticut, have 
thought it my duty to make my last will and testament: My will is my 
wife Mary Bate shall, at my decease, have 1-3 part of my moveable estate 
wholly at her own dispose, according to her own choice ; also, that during 
her widowhood she shall in joy and have the full profit and benefit of my 
house, barn, orchard and homelott, as also the benefit of my land lying by 
the Cove, so far as she may have occasion for it on account of firewood. 
My will is that my grandchild, Elizabeth Fuller, have £20 out of my estate, 
and no more, since her mother in her lifetime had sundry things out of 
my estate which I have taken no particular account of. My will is that 
all my estate (besides what I have here absolutely disposed of), both real 
and personal, wheresoever it is to be found, whether in buildings, lands, 
cattle, or in other things, shall be equally divided among my 7 children, 
viz., Rebeckah, Ruth, Alis, Mary, Anne, Abigail and Unis. And for as 
much as there will be found in my Book of Accounts sundry things which 
some or all of my children have already received, some more and some 
less, my will is that when each child's part is set out to them that what is 
found on account shall be considered as so much of their portion already 
paid. I appoint my wife, Mary Bate, sole executrix. 
Witness: Stephen Hosmer, Jeames Bate, Sen., ls. 

Thomas Knowlton, Joseph Spencer. 

Court Record, Page 69 — 6 June, 1732: Will exhibited. Annah Bate, 
a minor, 16 years of age, Abigail 13 years, and Eunice Bate, age 10 years, 
chose their mother, Mrs. Mary Bate, as their guardian. Recog., £150. 

Page 73 — 4 July, 1732: The will of James Bate, exhibited last June, 
being fully proven, John Comstock the 2nd, of Lyme, in right of his wife 
Rebeckah, daughter of James Bate, moves this Court for a distribution. 
This Court appoints Deacon Daniel Brainard, Lt. John Holmes and 
Daniel Cone, distributors. 

Dist. File: 15 November, 1732: To Mary Bate, widow; to Rebeckah 
Comstock, eldest daughter; to Ruth Gibbs, to (Elec) Alice Hall, to Mary 
Comstock, to Annah Bate, to Abigail Bate, to Eunice Bate and to Eliza- 
beth Fuller (granddaughter), to each of them the sum of £158. By Dea- 
con Daniel Brainard, Lt. John Holmes and Daniel Cone, distributors. 

Page 51 (Vol. XH) 5 October, 1736: John Bate, a minor son of 
James Bate, chose his brother Samuel Bate to be his guardian. 



1729 TO 1732. PROBATE RECORDS, II 

Page 328. 

Belding, Gideon, Wethersfield. Invt. £79-18-00. Taken 28 Decem- 
ber, 1733, by Jacob Williams, Benjamin Wright and David Goodrich. 

Court Record, Page 103 — ist January, 1733-4: Adms. granted to 
Elizabeth Belding. 

Page 8 (Vol. XII) 6 August, 1734: Elizabeth Belding, widow, moves 
this Court to set out moveables for her support, the estate being reported 
insolvent. Thomas Deming and Benjamin Wright appointed commis- 
sioners. Elisha Belding, a son, 19 years of age, chose Josiah Churchill 
to be his guardian. Ruth Belding, age 16 years, chose her uncle Daniel 
Belding to be her guardian, also appointed guardian to Ebenezer Belding, 
age 3 years. Elizabeth, age 14 years, chose her mother, Elizabeth Beld- 
ing, to be her guardian. And this Court appoint the widow guardian to 
Hannah, age 11 years, Hezekiah 8 years, Sarah 7 years, and Gideon 5 
months old, all children of Gideon Belding deceased. 

Page 35 (Vol. XV) 30 March, 1747 : Ebenezer Belding, a minor, 16 
years of age, son of Gideon Belding, chose Daniel Belding of Wethersfield 
to be his guardian. Recog., £300. 



Page 119. 

Bidwell, Zebulon, Hartford. Invt. £201-19-09. Taken 7 April, 
1731, by John Meekins and Nehemiah Olmsted. 

Court Record, Page 42 — 6 April, 1731 : Adms. to John Bidwell, Jr. 

Page 68 — 22 May, 1732: Mary Bidwell to be guardian to her child, 
Stephen Bidwell, age i 1-2 years. Recog., £50. 

Page 75 : At a Court of Probate held at Hartford, 4 September, 1750, 
this Court allows to Jonathan Rose, who married the widow of Zebulon 
Bidwell, of Hartford, deed., guardian to Stephen Bidwell, son of the deed., 
for keeping sd. minor till he was 4 years old (3 years and 6 months), the 
sum of £17-10-00. Allowed for Court fees allowing this account £0-12-00. 

Page 2 (Vol. XVI) 26 August, 1750: Stephen Bidwell, a minor, aged 
20 years, son of Zebulon Bidwell, made choice of his uncle John Bidwell 
to be his guardian. Recog., £400. 



Page 331. 

Biggelow, Daniel, Hartford. Died 14 May, 1733. Invt. £119-05- 
08. Taken 5 June, 1733, by Timothy Cowles and Nehemiah Olmsted. 

See File: At a Court of Probate held att Hartford in and for the 
County of Hartford, on the 3rd day of June, Anno. Dom. 1733, set out to 
the widow, Elizabeth Biggelow, the relict of Daniel Biggelow, late of 
Hartford deed., for her necessary support, £16-16-09 o^ moveables. 

Court Record, Page 92 — 5 June, 1733 : Hannah Biggelow, a daughter 
of Daniel Biggelow, chose William Bidwell of Hartford to be her guard- 



12 PROBATE RECORDS. VOL. XI, 

ian, also appointed guardian to Martha Biggclow, age ii years, and 
Daniel Biggelow, age 8 years. Recog., ii50. 

Page 94 — 3 July, 1733: Adms. granted to William Bidwell. 

Page 100 — 6 November, 1733 : William Bidwell, Adms., exhibited 
an account of his Adms. and supposes the estate to be insolvent. Five 
months allowed for the presentation of claims. 

Page 106 — 5 February, 1733-4: William Bidwell, Adms., presented 
a further addition of debts. And this Court appoint Joseph Cowles and 
John Pitkin, of Hartford, commissioners to receive and examine claims 
against the estate. 

Page 55 (Vol. XII) 1st June, 1737: This Court appoint Elizabeth 
Biggelow to be guardian to her children, viz., Elizabeth, age 8 years, and 
Thankful, 6 years of age. 



Page 167-8. 



Biggelow, Joseph, Hartford. Invt. £1494-15-04. Taken 23 Sep- 
tember, 1 73 1, by Joseph Cook, Joseph Webster and Samuel Webster. Will 
dated 4 September, 1731. 

I, Joseph Biggelow of Hartford, do make this my last will and testa- 
ment : I give unto Sarah, my wife, 1-3 part of all and singular my move- 
ables or personal estate at her own disposal. I give to my wife the use of 
the half of my dwelling house, the half of my orchard, and the half of all 
the other buildings now standing upon the land w-hereon I now dwell, and 
1-3 part of all my land, for and during her natural life. I give unto my 
three sons, Joseph, Elisha and Josiah, all my houseing and land, to be 
equally divided between them (yet so as that my wife shall have the use 
above mentioned). My will is that my three sons above mentioned shall' 
pay to my three daughters, Sarah, Mary and Abigail, £80 in money to 
each of them. I give unto my kinsman, Jonathan Williams, ±10. I ap- 
point Capt. John Whiting, of Hartford, and my wife Sarah Biggelow, 
and my son Joseph Biggelow, to be the only executors. 

Witness: Nathaniel Stanly, Joseph Biggelow, ls. 

John White, Jacob White. , 

Court Record, Page 61 — 19 February, 1731-2: Will proven. 

Page 99 — 9 October, 1733: The executors exhibit an account of 
their Adms., and report the estate indebted £178-13-09 more than the 
moveable estate. 

Page 5 (Vol. XII) 31 May, 1734: The executors, per act of the 
General Assembly of 9 May, 1734, now give notice of sale of land. Wed- 
nesday, 19 June, at 2 of the clock, at beat of drum, to the highest bidder, 
land with house, barn, shop and orchard on it, to say 10 acres and 1-2, 
the lott bought of John Williams, shoemaker, on the road to Wethersfield. 



1729 TO 1732. PROBATE RECORDS. I3 

Page 187. 

Bissell, Jonathan, Windsor. Invt. £263-15-04. Taken 25 Novem- 
ber, 1 73 1, by Thomas Elsworth, Ebenezer Bissell and Thomas Judd. 

Court Record, Page 63 — 4 April, 1732: Adms. granted to Bridget 
Bissell, widow, and Jonathan Bissell, son of the deed. 



Page 321. 

Blake, Jonathan, Middletown. Invt. £341-03-03. Taken 12 No- 
vember, 1733, by John Harris, Joseph Johnson and Stephen Blake. Will 
dated 9 October, 1733. 

I, Jonathan Blake of Middletown, do make this my last will and tes- 
tament : I give to my wife Mary room in J^ of my house and barne and 
homelott, and also, half of my pasture that I bought of William Ward ; 
also, half the land that I bought of John Andrus ; also half of a piece of 
land I bought of Samuel Eglestone; the use of all my husbandry uten- 
sils and 1-3 part of my personal estate during the time of her widow- 
hood. I give to my son Daniel all that piece of land that my father John- 
son gave my wife in the northwest quarter of lands in Middletown, he 
paying to his sisters £160 money as they arrive at lawful age. I give to 
my son Jonathan Blake the equal halfe of my house and barne and home- 
lott, with the buildings upon it, also the equal half of my pasture that I 
bought of William Ward, also the equal halfe of the land I bought of 
John Andrus, also half of the land I bought of Samuel Eglestone, he 
paying £40 money to his sisters when he arrives to lawful age. I give 
to my son Stephen Blake the equal halfe of lands as given to my son 
Jonathan Blake, he paying £40 to his sisters when he arrives to lawful 
age. Also, I give to my two sons, Jonathan and Stephen, all my interest 
in commonage or undivided lands in Middletown on the west side of the 
Great River, in equal proportion. I give to my five daughters, Mary, 
Elizabeth, Prudence, Mercy and Sarah, all my interest in land, divided or 
undivided, on the east side of the Great River in Middletown. Also, I 
give-them £240 money, to be paid by their brothers as above specified, in 
equal proportions. I appoint my wife sole executrix. 

Witness : Benjamin Wetmore, Jonathan Blake, ls. 

Jabez Hamlin, John Cornwall. 

Court Record, Page loi — 15 November, 1733 : Will exhibited by 
Mary Blake, widow, and well proven by the witnesses thereto. And it 
appears in sd. will that the testator gave to his eldest son Daniel a piece 
of land which in right sd. testator had not power to dispose of, and 
ordered his eldest son to pay legacies to his daughters as they come of 
age. And Daniel appeared in Court and objected against sd. will. And it 
appears that the sd. Daniel had nothing to pay sd. legacies with. There- 
fore sd. will is not approved. The Court grant Adms. to Mary Blake, 
widow, who gave bond with Joseph Johnson of £400. 



14 PROBATE RECORDS. VOL. XI, 

Page 30 (Vol. XII) 1st July, 1735 : Mary Blake, widow, Adms., ex- 
hibits an account of her Adms. Accepted. 

Page 24 (Vol. XIII) 7 March, 1737-8: Jonathan Blake, age 16 years, 
son of Jonathan Blake, chose his uncle Stephen Blake to be his guardian. 
Recog., £100. Cert : Giles Hall, J. P. 



Blancher, Elizabeth. Court Record, Page 17 — 7 April, 1730: Eliza- 
beth Blancher desires to take the guardianship of her child, Richard Nor- 
ton, age 13 years, which this Court approves. Recog., £50. 



Page 88. 

Boardman, Elizabeth, Middletown. Invt. £115-05-06. Taken 23 
December, 1730, by John Sage, Samuel Gipson and John Warner. 

Court Record, Page 34 — 5 January, 1730-31 : Adms. to Mrs. Eliza- 
beth Banks, of Middletown. 



Page 268. 

Boardman, Samuel, Middletown. Invt. £112-04-00. Taken 29 No- 
vember, 1732, by Nathaniel White and Ebenezer Hurlbut. 

Court Record, Page 87 — 3 April, 1733 : Adms. to Stephen Board- 
man, the widow desiring the same, and he recognized with Lieut. Tho: 
Cadwell. Exhibit of an inventorv, which was accepted and ordered oi> 
file. 



Page 334. 

Boardman, Sarah, Wethersfield. Died 23 January, 1732-3. Invt. 
£103-00-06. Taken 2 March, 1732-3, by Samuel Steele, Isaac Riley and 
Ebenezer Dickinson. Will dated 25 March, 1727-8. 

I, Sarah Boardman, of Wethersfield, widow and relict of Mr. Samuel 
Boardman, being very aged, do now make this to be my last will and 
testament: Whereas, it pleased my husband (of happy memory) to en- 
dow me with six pounds a year, to be paid to me annually by my two sons,, 
David and Joseph, in equal proportion, I do give unto my sd.. sons such 
part as remain unpaid to me by them. And whereas, my said husband 
was pleased (by his last will) to give me £70, to be at my dispose, and 
some part of the £70 hath never yet been distributed to me, T do hereby 
give that part unto my two sons, David and Joseph Boardman, in equal 
portion, forever. Item. I give to my daughter, Abigail Boardman, wife 
to my son David, one pair of cobirons. Item. I give to my daughter, Mary 
Boardman, wife to my son Joseph Boardman, one heifer now two years 
old. Item. The remaining part of ye sd. seventy pounds, with what I 
have gotten by my industry, I give to William Warner, Sarah Warner 



1729 TO 1732. PROBATE RECORDS. I5 

and Hannah Warner, my grandchildren, in equal proportion. And I do 
hereby appoint my sons, David and Joseph Boardman, and my daughter, 
Mary Warner, executors. Sarah X Boardman, ls. 

Witness: Edward Bulkley, 
Joseph Treat, Josiah Riley. 

Court Record, Page 90 — i May, 1733 : The will now proven. David 
Boardman refused the trust and Mary Warner accepted. Will and in- 
ventory ordered to be recorded and kept on file. 



Page 163-4. 



Buckland, Charles, Hartford. Died 23 December, 1731. Invt. £51- 
10-04. Taken 2y January, 173 1-2, by Timothy Cowles, John Meakins 
and Joseph Pitkin. 

Court Record, Page 59 — ist February, 1731-2: Adms. granted to 
Esther Buckland, widow. Also, this Court appoint her guardian to 
Charles Buckland, 11 years of age. Recog., £50. 

Page 64 — 4 April, 1732: The Adms. reports the estate insolvent. 
This Court appoint Lt. John Meakins and Ensign Joseph Pitkin com- 
missioners, and direct them to set out to the widow the sum of £17-12-02. 

Page II (Vol. XH) ist September, 1734: Charles Buckland, age 
14 years, chose Joseph Shepherd of Hartford to be his guardian. Esther 
Buckland, Adms., exhibits now an account of her Adms,, which this 
Court accepts. 



Page 140- 1, 



Bulkeley, Rev. John, Colchester. Invt. £689-14-10. Taken by Sam- 
uel Loomis and Nathaniel Foster. 

Court Record, Page 53 — 22 September, 1731 : Adms. granted to Pa- 
tience Bulkeley, with John Bulkeley, son of the deceased. 

Page 20 (Vol. XVH) 10 May, 1754: Mr. Oliver Bulkeley, one of 
the heirs to the estate of the Rev. Mr. John Bulkeley, late of Colchester 
deceased, now moves to this Court that dist. be made of the real estate. 
The Court so order, viz. : To the heirs of John Bulkeley, Esq., deceased, a 
double share, and to Gershom, Charles, Peter and Oliver Bulkeley, and 
to Sarah Bulkeley alias Welles, Dorothy Bulkeley, Patience Bulkeley alias 
Lord, and Lucy Bulkeley alias Lord, to each of them their single shares 
of sd. estate. And appoint Israel Foot, Samuel Filer and Alexander 
Phelps, distributors. Also, this Court order the distributors to set out 
to Mrs. Patience Bulkeley, relict, her thirds of the estate. 



Bulkeley, Jonathan. Court Record, Page 2 — 2 August, 1729: Jona- 
than Bulkeley, a minor, 14 years of age, with the consent of his mother 
and father-in-law, Elizabeth and James Forbes, chose Joseph Pitkin to 
be his guardian. 



l6 PROBATE RECORDS. VOL. XI, 

Bull, Isaac. Court Record, Page 86 — 22 March, 1732-3: Isaac Bull, 
a minor, 18 years of age, son of Daniel Bull, late of Jamaica, Long 
Island, deed., chose Daniel Bull of Hartford to be his guardian. Recog., 
iioo. 

Page 10 (Vol. XII) 19 September, 1734: Caleb Bull, 15 years of age, 
son of Daniel Bull, late of Jamaica, L. I., chose Aaron Bull of Hartford, 
his brother, to be his guardian. Allowed. 



Bull, Susannah. Court Record, Page 4 — 7 October, 1729: Susannah 
Bull, a minor, 13 years of age, chose Mary Bull, her mother, to be her 
guardian. 



Page 320-1. 

Bunce, John, Hartford. Invt. £538-06-08. Taken by Jonathan Ol- 
cott and Jonathan Steele. Will dated 16 July, 1730. 

I, John Bunce of Hartford, do make this my last will and testament : 
I give unto my wife Mary Bunce the use and improvement of all my 
houseing and lands during life, and all my moveable and personal estate 
to be at her own dispose as she pleases, to and amongst my children. 
After my wife's decease I give all my houseing and lands, the moiety or 
half-part thereof, unto my son James Bunce, and the other moiety or ^ 
part thereof unto my grandsons, Jacob, John and Isaac Bunce, to be 
equally divided to them, my sd. son James Bunce i part, and my sd. 
grandsons, Jacob Bunce, John Bunce and Isaac Bunce, the other part, to 
be to them and their heirs forever. Binding and obliging my sd. grand- 
sons, when they are of lawful age and come into possession of what I 
have given them, to pay 20 shillings apiece unto their father (my eldest 
son) John Bunce, Jr., per annum during his natural life. I give unto my 
sd. son John Bunce 20 shillings besides what I have formerly given him, 
to be paid him out of my estate. I give unto my three daughters 5 
shillings apiece besides what I have formerly given them, to be paid out of 
my estate. 

Witness: George Wyllys, John Bunce, ls. 

John Dod, Elisabeth Wyllys. 

And further, I, the above-named John Bunce, do make this codicil 
to my aforewritten will: that my son John Bunce shall have liberty to 
dwell in my house, which is now the dwelling house of my son James, in 
case he shall live to survive me and my wife, during my sd. son John's 
natural life if he my son John shall desire and require the same. And 
further, it is my will that my son James and my grandchildren, Jacob, 
John and Isaac, to whom I have given the 1-2 of my houseing and lands, 
shall have an equal right in my well to use the water thereof as they have 
occasion. And further, to explain what is above written wherein it is 



1729 TO 1732. PROBATE RECORDS. I7 

my will, that he shall have my house which I now dwell in for his prop- 
erty after me and my wife's decease. 

Witness : Thomas Ensign, Jr., John Bunce, ls, 

Hezekiah Lane, John Dod. 7 October, 1733. 

Court Record, Page 100 — 6 November, 1733 : Will exhibited by 
Mary Bunce, widow, and James Bunce, son of sd. deceased. There being 
no executor named in the will, Adms. with the will annexed was granted 
to the widow and son, and the sd. James Bunce recog. in £300 with Moses 
Cook. 

Page loi — 4 December, 1733 : Invt. exhibited. Estate insolvent. 

Page 108 — 5 March, 1733-4: James Bunce and Mary Bunce, Adms., 
exhibited a list of debts due from the estate, £70-13-11 ; also the account 
of debts due to sd. estate, amounting to £2-13-00; which account this 
Court accepts. 

Page 14 (Vol. XII) 26 November, 1734: Per act of the General As- 
sembly, 9 May, 1734, directing James and Mary Bunce, Adms., to sell 
land to the value of £37-03-03 at vandue. Report of sale. 

Page 17 — 2 December, 1734: Land sold to John Skinner, Jr. 

Page I (Vol. XIII) 1st March, 1736-7: Jacob Bunce, a grandson to 
John Bunce, showing that by the last will of his grandfather there was 
given a homested, 1-2 to James Bunce and the other half to Jacob, John 
and Isaac Bunce, to be divided equally between them ; and whereas, there 
is no person to divide the estate, the sd. Jacob, being now 21 years of age, 
together with James Bunce, one of the heirs, moves this Court to appoint 
freeholders to dist. sd. estate. Whereupon this Court do appoint Ensign 
James Church, Deacon John Edwards and John Skinner, Jr., with the as- 
sistance of John Bunce, the father and natural guardian to the sd. John 
and Isaac Bunce, distributors. If ye sd. John Bunce neglect or refuse to 
joyn in makeing a division, then the sd. James Church, John Edwards and 
John Skinner shall make the division. 

Page 8 — 2 June, 1737: Report of the distributors appointed to make 
division of a certain lott of land, formerly belonging to Mr, John Bunce 
of Hartford, to Jacob, John and Isaac Bunce, sd. lott of land being the 
homelott of the testator, bounded north partly upon a highway and partly 
upon land belonging to the heirs of John Richards, late of Hartford ; west 
on land belonging to Jonathan Steele partly, and partly upon land be- 
longing to Jonathan Mason ; east partly upon land belonging to the heirs 
of John Col well, and partly upon land belonging to Benjamin Catlin, and 
partly on land belonging to Jonathan Mason ; and south on land belong- 
ing to sd. Mason. We have viewed sd. lott of land, and have divided or 
sett out to Jacob Bunce i 1-2 acres of sd. land, at the south end of sd. lott, 
extending northward from Jonathan Mason's land, the wedth of sd. lott, 
12 rods. 

Dated 3 June, 1737. John Edwards, 

James Church, John Skinner, Jr. 

Page 20 (Vol. XIV) 5 April, 1743 : Isaac Bunce, a minor, 16 years of 
age, son of John Bunce, chose Samuel Flagg of Hartford to be his guar- 



1 8 PROBATE RECORDS. VOL. XI, 

dian. Recog., £50. Jared Bunce, age 12 years, and Abigail, age 10 years, 
this Court appoint their mother Abigail Bunce to be their guardian. 
Recog., £50. Lucretia Bunce, a minor, 13 years, chose her mother, Abi- 
gail Bunce, to be her guardian. 

Page 23 — 24 May, 1743 : Application being made to this Court that 
a dist. of the estate of John Bunce, according to the will of the deceased, 
be made, this Court do appoint James Church, Joseph Cook and Jonathan 
Seymour, of Hartford, to divide the estate accordingly. 

Page 26 — 7 June, 1743: Report of the distributors. 

Page 20 (Vol. XVI) 4 April, 1751 : Whereas, there is a motion 
made to this Court that dist. be made to the heirs of John Bunce, late of 
Hartford deed., of 2 lotts of land lying in a tier of lotts west of Cooper 
Lane in Hartford, whereupon this Court appoint John Skinner, Daniel 
Steel and Thomas Hopkins to make division of sd. land. 

Page 24 — 29 May, 1751 : Report of the distributors. 



Page 299. 

Bumham, Martha, Wethersfield. Will dated 7 August, 1733. 

I, Martha Burnham of Wethersfield, do make this my last will and 
testament : I give and bequeath 5-6 of all my estate unto my children now 
living, viz., my son Eleazer Gaylord, Martha Wilcocks, Elizabeth Gay- 
lord, Sarah Bissell and Hannah Orvis, unto them equally alike ; and the 
other 6th part I give unto my grandchildren, the children of my son Sam- 
uel Gaylord deceased, viz., to Samuel Gaylord, 1-3 part of sd. 6th part; 
to Eleazer, his brother, 1-3 part, and to Millicent, 1-3 part of sd. 6th part. 
And whereas, my sd. son Eleazer Gaylord is indebted to me by a note of 
ii4, payable to me, and £5 he has lately received of Mr. John Russell, and 
20 shillings he oweth to me an another account, my will is that my estate 
be all apprised, allowing he oweth me £20, and after it is apprised if the sd. 
£20 be more than his 6th part, then he to pay what that is more than his 
6th part to the rest of the legatees, being allowed 12 months to pay it in. 
And if he don't pay it within 12 months after my decease, my executor to 
recover the same by the £14 note. I ordain my son-in-law, Nathaniel 
Gaylord, sole executor. 

Witness: Daniel Williams, Martha Burnham, ls. 

'Daniel Harris, Benjamin Woodhridge. 

Court Record, Page 97 — 4 September, 1733 : Will proven. 



Page 342-3. 

Burr, Thomas, Sen., Hartford. Will dated 5 April, 1722. 

I, Thomas Burr, inhabitant in Hartford, do make this my last will 
and testament: To my son Thomas I give the house that he now liveth 
in, and barn, and homelott belonging to them. I also give to him 1-2 my 



1729 TO 1732. PROBATE RECORDS. I9 

lott called the Blue Hill lott. To my son Samuel I give him the house that 
I live in, and the barn, and the homelott belonging thereunto. I also give to 
him the other half of my Blue Hill lott. I also give to my son Samuel my 
lott lying in Pine Field, otherwise called the Brick Hill swamp lott. Those 
houseing and lands thus exprest I give to my sons Thomas and Samuel 
forever. I give to my son Joseph £20, which I order to be paid equally be- 
tween my three sons, Samuel, Jonathan and Daniel. To my son Benja- 
min I give £20, which he hath already received. To my son Jonathan I 
give my lower lott in the meadow on the east side the Great River, to 
him and his heirs forever. To my son Isaac I give £10, which I order to 
be paid equally between my sons Samuel and Jonathan. To my son 
Daniel I give my upper lott in the meadow lying on the east side of the 
Great River, and all my undivided land on the east side of the Great River, 
to him and his heirs forever. To my daughters, Sarah and Hannah, I 
give three cowes. To my daughter Ann I give one cowe, which she hath 
already received. To my daughter Abigail I give one cowe. And all the 
rest of my stock I give to my two sons, Jonathan and Daniel, equally to 
be divided between them, as my cattle and my horse, my swine and my 
sheep. I give also to Daniel that lome and tackling that he now works 
with. It is to be understood that my will is that all my household imple- 
ments, as bedding, all cloth, and puter, brass, iron, wood, tin, books, ta- 
bles, chairs and chests, these goods thus exprest I give to my three daugh- 
ters, that is to say, my daughter Sarah and my daughter Hannah and my 
daughter Abigaill, equally to be divided between them. It is to be under- 
stood that my will is that my daughters, Sarah and Hannah, shall have 
the use of the north end of my house (that was given to Samuel) as long 
as they shall live unmarried, and 1-3 of the cellar, and a piece of land big 
enough for a garden for them, all which shall be for their use as long as 
they shall live single. 

Witness : Nathaniel Goodwin, Thomas Burr, ls. 

Richard Goodman, Samuel Welles. 

Postscript, dated 20 May, 1739: My mind and will is that all my un- 
divided lands lying in that tract of land called New Bantom shall be 
equally divided betwixt my three sons, Thomas, Samuel and Jonathan. 
And I do now appoint my two sons, Jonathan and Daniel, to be the execu- 
tors. 

Witness : Nathaniel Goodwin, Thomas Burr, ls. 

Thomas Sandford, Daniel Butler. 

Court Record, Page 104 — 5 February, 1733-4: Will proven. 



Page 289. 

Burton, Samuel, Middletown. Died 23 April, 1733. Invt. £81- 
12-08. Taken 13 June, 1733,' by John Penfield and Nathaniel White. 

Court Record, Page 93 — 3 July, 1733 : Adms. granted to Sarah 
Burton, widow. 



20 PROBATE RECORDS. VOL. XI, 

Page 24 (Vol. XII) 1st April, 1735 : Sarah Burton, Adms., exhibits 
an account of her Adms., which is accepted. 

Page 25 (Vol. XIII) 7 March, 1737-8: Samuel Burton, age 17 years, 
son of Samuel Burton, and Sarah Burton, age 14 years, chose Benjamin 
Cornwall of Middletown to be their guardian. Recog., £200. 

Page 33 — 3 October, 1738 : Sarah Burton, the widow of Samuel Bur- 
ton, with Francis Smith, her husband, assent that Mr. John Clark of Mid- 
dletown may be guardian to Daniel Burton, age 11 years, and Benjamin 
Burton, age 9 years, children of Samuel Burton. Recog., £300. 

Page 54 — 4 September, 1739: Sarah Smith, the wife of Francis 
Smith, alias Sarah Burton, Adms. on the estate of Samuel Burton, moves 
to this Court for a dist. of the moveable estate of sd. deceased to the heirs 
surviving, she having exhibited an invt., which is on record : 

i. s d 
To Sarah Smith, alias Sarah Burton, 16-07-10 1-3 

To James, the eldest son, 8-03-07 

To Simon, Samuel, Daniel, Benjamin, Mary and Sarah Bur- 
ton, to each of them their single shares, 4-01-09 1-2 

And appoint Capt. Nathaniel White and Ensign John Gains, of Mid- 
dletown, distributors. 



Page 139-40. 



Butler, Joseph, Hartford. Invt. £611-12-06. Taken 30 August, 
1 73 1, by William Gaylord and Henry Brace. 

Court Record, Page 51 — 7 September, 173 1 : Adms. granted to Es- 
ther Butler, widow, and Gideon Butler, son of the deed. 

Page 349 (Probate Side, Vol. XII) : Know all men by these presents : 
That we, Samuel Shepherd and Eunice his wife, Thomas Bull in right of 
his wife deed., Bethia Butler, Rebeckah Butler and Esther Butler, all of 
Hartford, in the County of Hartford, being the only female heirs to the 
estate of our honoured father Joseph Butler of sd. Hartford deed., have 
received of our brother Gideon Butler, Adms. on sd. estate, our full and 
whole portion of all and every part of our right in sd. estate, and do hereby 
covenant for ourselves and heirs that neither we nor they shall at any 
time challenge or have right to any part or parcel of sd. estate, and dc\ 
hereby discharge our sd. brother and his heirs to sd. estate of any further 
challenges or demands of any part of sd. estate, real or personal, ac- 
knowledgeing we have received in full our whole portion, and do agree 
that this shall be a full settlement and final determination of the premises. 
In confirmation hereof we have hereunto each of us set to our hands and 
seals and acknowledged the same before the Court of Probate, this 2 day 
of March, 1735-6. 



Samuel X Shepherd, ls. 
Eunice X Shepherd, ls. 
Thomas Bull, ls. 



Rebeckah X Butler, ls. 
Bethia X Butler, ls. 
Esther X Butler, ls. 



1729 TO 1732. PROBATE RECORDS. 21 

Court Record, Page 41 — 2 March, 1735: Agreement exhibited and 
accepted by the Court. 

Page 264-5-6. 

Butler, Joseph, Wethersfield. Invt. iiooo-oo-oo. Taken 28 Feb- 
ruary, 1732-3, by Edward Bulkeley, Samuel CoUins and John Kirby. Will 
dated 8 July, 1725, 

I, Joseph Butler of Wethersfield, do therefore make this my last will 
and testament: Imprs. What I have already by deed of gift conveyed 
to and settled upon my sons Richard Butler and Gershom Butler, both 
now living, and my son Charles Butler deed., is what my small estate 
will allow to each of them respectively as so conveyed, and my will and 
mind is that neither they nor either of them or neither of the rest of 
their children shall have or in joy any further part, share or portion of my 
estate, lands, goods or chattells, but be utterly debarred and excluded 
from any further share or part thereof or demand thereon, the sd. lands 
so conveyed to them and sd. heirs respectively as aforesd. only excepted 
and saved. I give, grant, devise and bequeath all the rest and residue of 
my houses and sd. lands lying in Wethersfield or in Middletown, within 
sd. County, or elsewhere, not disposed of by deeds as aforesd., to my 
three sons now living with me, viz., Benjamin Butler, Joseph Butler and 
Charles Butler, to be holden to them and to their heirs and assigns forever 
in the proportions and shares following: that is to say, to my sd. son 
Benjamin 3-7 parts of the whole of my sd. houseing and lands not so 
disposed of, and my other two sons last mentioned, viz., Joseph and 
Charles, to have the remaining 4-7 parts equally between them, they 
paying the legacies hereinafter mentioned. I give to my daughter Mary 
Butler 2-3 part of all my personal and moveable estate, and order my sd. 
son Benjamin to pay to her the sum of £25 in current money, and my sd. 
sons Joseph and Charles shall pay her the sum of £20 like money, each of 
them. I give to my wife Mary Butler all the rest of my moveable or per- 
sonal estate of what kind soever, the same being 1-3 part, and also the 
use and improvement of 1-3 part of all my houseing and lands, for and 
during the term of her natural life. And I do make my wife sole execu- 
trix. 

Witness : Timothy Stevens, Jo. Butler, ls. 

Dorothy Stevens, Tho: Kimberly. 

Court Record, Page 81 — 6 February, 1732-3 : Case continued, two of 
the witnesses being deceased. 

Page 84 — 6 March, 1732-3 : Will proven. 



Page 229-30. 



Butler, Peter, Middletown. Invt. £27 1-05-06. Taken 2 November, 
1732, by Joseph Rockwell, Thomas Stow and William Rockwell. 



22 PROBATE RECORDS. VOL. XI, 

Court Record, Page 76 — 13 November, 1732: Adms. to Phebe But- 
ler, widow, with Nathaniel Brown. Recog., £400. 

Page 46 (Vol. XIV) 7 August, 1744: An account of Adms. was 
now exhibited in Court by Phebe Butler, alias Hamlin, and Edward Ham- 
lin, her present husband, Adms. Account accepted. The sd. Adms. move 
this Court for a dist. of the moveable estate. Ordered as followeth : 

£ s d 
To the widow Phebe Butler, alias Hamlin, her thirds, 20-13-08 

To Mary, Lucia and Rebeckah Butler, to each, 13-15-09 

And appoint Benjamin Adkins, Jonathan Allin and Joseph Clark, 
distributors. 

Page 56 — 5 March, 1744-5 : Report of the distributors. 



• ■■": :~' '- Page 234. 

Gamp, Elizabeth, Kensington. Invt. ii 10-14-09. Taken 30 Novem- 
ber, 1732, by Thomas Hart and John Root. Will dated 24 July, 1728. 
' I, Elizabeth Camp of Kensington, in the Township of Middletown, 
within the County of Hartford, do make this my last will and testament : 
1 give to my three daughters, Elizabeth, Abigail and Mary, all my wear- 
Ting apparell, both linen and woolen, to be equally divided among them. 
And all my other estate, both real and personal, I give to my two sons, 
Samuel and Caleb Galpen, to be equally divided among them. I do ap- 
point my two sons above mentioned, Samuel and Caleb Galpen, execu- 

Witness : Josiah Boardman, Elizabeth X Camp, ls, 

Isaac Peck, Rebeckah X Ha/rt 

Court Record, Page 78 — 28 November, 1732 : Will exhibited. 



Page 288. 

Case, Daniel, Simsbury. Died 28 May, 1733. Inventory taken 29 
June, 1733, by Nathaniel Higley, Daniel Addams and Reuben Slater. Will 
dated 25 May, 1733. 

I, Daniel Case of Simsbury, do make this my last will and testament : 
First of all, I give and bequeath unto Penelopy, my wife, 1-3 part of my 
houseing and lands during her life, the use of 1-3 part of my moveable 
estate during her life, also my best horse and my best cowe to be her own 
forever. Nextly, I give all my houseing and lands to my four sons, 
namely, Daniel, Dudley, Zacheus and Ezekiel, to be equally divided be- 
tween them, and also all my wearing apparell, and also 1-2 of my tools and 
team tackling, equally between them. Nextly, I give all the remaining 
part of my moveable estate to my two daughters, Mindwell and Susannah, 



1729 TO 1732. PROBATE RECORDS. 23 

to be equally divided between them. I do appoint James Case and my wife 
Penelopy to be executors. 

Witness: James Hilyer, Daniel Case, ls. 

Jonathan Case, Nathaniel Westover. 

Court Record, Page 93 — 3 July, 1733 : Will exhibited. 

Page 97 — 29 June, 1733 : This Court appoint Penelope Case to be 
guardian to Daniel, age 13 years, Mindwell 11, Dudley 9, Susannah 7, 
Zacheus 4, and Ezekiel 2 years of age, children of Daniel Case deed. 
Recog., £400. 

Page 53 (Vol. XIV) 5 February, 1744-5 : An account of Adms. was 
now exhibited in Court by the executors : Paid in debts and charges, 
iio-09-02; and received, £9-08-06. Daniel Case, eldest son, now moves 
this Court to make dist. of the real estate and also of the personal estate 
according to the will of the sd. deceased. This Court appoint Capt. Na- 
thaniel Holcomb, Joshua Holcomb and Andrew Robe, of Simsbury, to 
divide the estate and make return of their doings to this Court. 



Page 286. 

Case, John, Simsbury. Died 22 May, 1733. Invt. £1340-00-00. 
Taken 8 June, 1733, by Joseph Case, John Humphrey and Daniel Addams. 
Will dated 14 September, 1730. 

I, John Case, Sen., of Simsbury, do make this my last will and testa- 
ment: I give to my well-beloved wife Sarah 1-3 part of my now dwell- 
ing house and barn, with 1-3 part of my improveable land during her 
natural life, and also 1-3 part of my moveable estate forever. I give to 
my son John a certain piece of land lying on the east side of the river 
in Simsbury, being 12 acres that his barn now stands upon, sd. land lying 
westward of Buttolph's house, north of the highway, bounded northerly 
side on Josh. Holcomb's land. I give to my son Daniel the pasture lott 
that his house stands upon, with 4 rods south of his dwelling house and 
so running west i 1-2 rods, south of the south corner of sd. Daniel's land, 
straight through the lott to the west end, and also the 2 1-2-acre lott that 
bounds south upon sd. pasture and north upon Samuel Adams's land. I 
give to my son Jonathan my homelott that I now dwell upon, with all the 
buildings thereon. The remaining part of all my lands I give unto my 
sons John, Daniel and Jonathan, to be equally divided between them, ex- 
cept that I give to my son John iio more than an equal part. I give to 
the heirs of my daughter Mary, 10 shillings to her son and 5 shillings to 
each of her daughters, besides what I have already given her in her 
lifetime. I give to my daughter Sarah so much in moveable estate as to 
make up £60 as money with what I have already given her, with this 
promise, that my wife Sarah quits all her claim in the law that she has or 
may have unto lands that descended to her from her Father Holcomb 
equally to my sons, John, Daniel and Jonathan ; but, if not, I give unto 
my sd. daughter 10 shillings. Also I give unto my daughter Hannah 



24 PROBATE RECORDS. VOL. XI, 

i6o in moveable estate with what she has already received, in the whole 
i6o as money. I appoint my three sons, John, Daniel and Jonathan, ex- 
ecutors. 

Witness : Andrew Robe, John Case, ls. 

Esther Higley, Timothy Woodbridge. 

Court Record, Page 93 — 3 July, 1733 : Will proven. 

Page 14 (Vol. XII) 13 November, 1734: Jonathan Case, executor, 
moves this Court that a division be made of some part of sd. estate not 
particularly given or divided in his will. This Court appoint John Hum- 
phrey, Joseph Humphrey and Joseph Hoskins, of Simsbury, to make a 
division of such part of the estate so given by the will. 

Dist. per File: 16 March, 1742: To John Case, to the heirs of Daniel 
Case, to Jonathan Case, and to Sarah Case, widow relict of the deed. By 
Joseph Humphrey, John Humphrey and Joseph Hoskins. 

P. S. — We think it reasonable and necessary, and do therefore order, 
that John Case, his heirs and successors, shall have the liberty and use 
of a passway through the north side of the Bissell lot distributed to the 
heirs of Daniel Case, for him to go from the highway to his land by the 
river with carts, cattle, etc., as they shall have occasion. 

This distribution was allowed Joseph Humphrey, 

by the Court, 5 February, 1744-5. Jno: Humphrey, 

Test: Joseph Talcott, Clerk. Joseph Hoskins. 



Inventory on File. 

Chamberlin, John. Transient person, who died 26 November, 1730, 
at the house of Jonathan Ashley in Hartford. Invt. i6- 17-08. Taken 14 
December, 1730, by Zebulon Mygatt and Garrad Spencer. 

Court Record, Page 37 — 2 February, 1 730-1 : Adms. granted untq 
Jonathan Ashley of Hartford, who accepted that trust in Court and gave 
bonds accordingly. 

Page 306. 

Chipman, Joseph, Haddam. Died 17 January, 1733. Invt. £351-15- 
06. Taken by Nathaniel Spencer, John Bailey, Jr., and Ebenezer Arnold. 

Court Record, Page 97 — 4 September, 1733 : Adms. to Annah Chip- 
man, widow. Recog. with Samuel Bailey of Haddam. This Court ap- 
point Mrs. Anna Chipman, relict of Joseph Chipman deed., to be guardian 
to Elizabeth Chipman, age 11 years, Abigail 9 years, Joseph 5 years, and 
Annah i year old. Recog., £300. 



Page 67. 

Church, Richard, Colchester. Invt. £224-13-09. Taken 17 June, 
1730, by Nathaniel Foote, John Bulkeley, Jr., and Ephraim Foote. 



1729 TO 1732. PROBATE RECORDS. 25 

Court Record, Page 19 — 5 May, 1730: Adms. to James Church, son 
of the deceased. 

Page 26 — 4 August, 1730: Invt. exhibited by Ensign James Church. 



Page 210-11. 



Clarke, Daniel, Haddam. Died 28 April, 1732. Inventory taken by 
Jared Spencer, EHjah Brainard and Hez : Brainard. Will dated 24 April, 

1732. 

I, Daniel Clarke of Haddam, in the County of Hartford and Colony 
of Connecticut, do make this my last will and testament: I give to my 
wife Mary the use of 1-2 of my dwelling house and half my barn, and the 
use of half my lands now under improvement, during the time that she 
shall remain my widow, and also 1-3 part of all my personal estate. I 
give to my eldest son Daniel my dwelling house, barn and homestead, 
viz., all the land which I have there adjoining and 15 acres of land which 
I bought of the Town, abutting on the 7th division lott on Haddam West 
Side, laid out on the right of William Ventrus, and a piece of land on the 
east side of the Great River given me by the Town, adjoining land of Lt. 
William Brainard, and 1-4 part of all my right and title in and to the un- 
divided lands on both sides the Great River, and my fulling mill, and 
taintor hooks and bars, and all the tools belonging to sd. mill, and also 
my press. I give to my son Hezekiah a certain piece of land which I had 
of Capt. Caleb Cone, lying near the house of Richard Wakeley, and — 
acres of land more or less on the southeast side of Cedar Pole Hills, and 
the 1-2 of all my lands in the upper meadow, both meadow and swamp, 
except what I have herein given to Daniel, and 1-4 part of all my right 
and title on both sides the Great River. I give to my son James 100 acres 
of land lying at a place called the Otter Pond, all in one piece, where it 
shall best suit him, and 1-4 part of all my right in the undivided land on 
both sides the river. I give to my son Joseph the 5th division lott on 
Haddam West Side, laid out on the right of Samuel Spencer, containing 
20 acres, and 21 1-2 acres of the 5th division lott, laid out on the right of 
Mr. Nicholas Noyes. Sd. whole lot contains 75 acres. And 13 acres of 
the 8th division lott, laid out on sd. Noyes's right. Sd. whole lott con- 
tains 45 acres. And also my own 8th division lott, laid out on my in- 
habitant right, and also the 8th division lott laid out on the right of 
Samuel Spencer, and also 1-4 part of all my right and title in and to the 
undivided lands on both sides the Great River. I give to my four daugh- 
ters, viz., Abigail, Sarah, Deborah and Mary, all my lands which I have 
not given to my four sons. Also, I give to my four daughters all my per- 
sonal estate of all sorts, except what I have already disposed of in this 
will. I make my wife Mary sole executrix. 

Witness: Caleb Cone, Jr., Daniel Clarke, ls. 

Richard Wakeley, Jr., Hezekiah Brainard. 

Court Record, Page 74 — 3 October, 1732: The last will and testa^ 
ment of Daniel Clarke, late of Haddam deed., was now exhibited in 



26 PROBATE RECORDS. VOL. XI, 

Court by Mary Clarke, executrix. Sd. will being proved, is with the invt. 
approved and ordered to be recorded. 

Page i6 (Vol. XII) 13 December, 1734: Daniel Spencer of Had- 
dam, in right of his wife, moves this Court for a division of some part of 
the real estate given by will of the deed, to the four daughters, viz., Abi- 
gail, Sarah, Deborah and Mary, and their heirs forever. This Court ap- 
point Elijah Brainard, Thomas Brooks and Hezekiah Brainard, of Had- 
dam, to divide sd. estate in equal proportions according to the will. 

Page 41 — 19 March, 1735-6: Report of the distributors. 

Page 37 (Vol. XIII) 5 December, 1738: James Clark, age 18 years, 
and Deborah Clark, age 16 years, children of Daniel Clark, chose their 
brother Hezekiah Clark to be their guardian. Recog., £500. Cert : Heze- 
kiah Brainard, J. P. 

Page 87 — 20 April, 1741 : Mary Clark, 12 years of age, daughter of 
Daniel Clark, chose Daniel Spencer of Haddam to be her guardian. Re- 
cog., i200. Cert : Hezekiah Brainard, J. P. 



Page 152-3. 

Clark, Joseph, Farmington. Invt. £468-19-02. Taken 2. Decem- 
ber, 173 1, by Deacon William Gaylord, Isaac Goodwin and Samuel Welles. 

Court Record, Page 57 — December, 1731 : Adms. to Elizabeth Clark, 
widow, who, with Ebenezer Smith of Hartford and John Welles of Far- 
mington, recog. in £200. 

Page 16 (Vol. XIII) 1st November, 1737: Elizabeth Clark, alias 
Shepherd, and Daniel Shepherd, her present husband, Adms. on the es- 
tate of Joseph Clark, exhibited an account of their Adms : Paid in debts 
and charges, £70-18-09. Which account is accepted in Court and ordered 
to be filed. This Court appoint Daniel Shepherd to be guardian to three 
of the children of Joseph Clark, viz., Jemima, age 13 years, Joseph 11 
years, and Abijah 8 years. Recog., £200. 

Page 48 — 12 April, 1739: Daniel Shepherd, guardian to the heirs of 
Joseph Clark, viz., to Joseph, Abijah and Jemima Clark, informs this 
Court that sd, minors having right in the nth allottment of land in Far- 
mington, bounding east on Hartford bounds, west on a highway, north on 
a highway or 12th allottment, and south on the loth allottment, in sd. 
Farmington, as may more fully appear on record, which land above 
described lyes in common or joynt tenancy with Mr. John Whiting and 
Thomas Cadwell, of Hartford, and Abigail Woodruff, of Farmington, and 
the sd. Shepherd, in behalf of sd. minors, moved that freeholders be ap- 
pointed to assist him as guardian in making a division of sd. land : Where- 
upon this Court appoint Deacon William Gaylord and Timothy Skinner 
of Hartford to assist sd. guardian in makeing a division, that the sd. 
minors may have the benefit of the improvement in severalty. 

Page 2 (Vol. XIV) 23 September, 1742: Daniel Shepherd of New 
Hartford having resigned his guardianship to Joseph Clarke, age 16 years. 



\ 



1729 TO 1732. PROBATE RECORDS. 2/ 

and Abijah Clark, minor children of Joseph Clarke, these minors now 
make choice of Aaron Clarke of Windsor to be their guardian. Recog., 
£500. 

Page 23 — 4 May, 1743 : Daniel Shepherd of New Hartford, in right 
of his wife, who was the relict of Joseph Clark, and Adms. on sd. estate, 
moved to this Court for a dist. of the moveable estate of the deceased, and 
also that his sd. wife's dowry in the real estate may be set out to her as 
the law directs. Whereupon this Court appoint Ozias Goodwin and Jared 
Spencer of Hartford and Samuel Welles of Farmington to set out 1-3 
part of the buildings and lands of the deceased by bounds for Elizabeth 
Clarke alias Shepherd, for her right of dowry, and also to make dist. of 
the moveable part of the estate to the widow and heirs, viz. : 

£ s d 
To Elizabeth Shepherd, relict of the deed., 25-08-01 

To Joseph Clarke, eldest son, 25-08-00 

To Abijah Clarke and Jemima Clarke, to each of them, 12-14-00 



Page 89-90. 



Colyer, John, Hartford (Weaver). Invt. £622-13-02. Taken 13 
November, 1730, by John Sheldon, Nathaniel Goodrich and Aaron Cooke. 
Will dated 7 July, 1730. 

I, John Colyer of Hartford, do make this my last will and testament : 
I give to my son John Colyer all my houseing and lands, whatsoever and 
wheresoever, to him and his heirs forever. I give unto my beloved wife 
Elizabeth 1-3 part of all my personal estate, to her and her heirs or to her 
own proper use and dispose, and 1-3 part of my real estate in houseing 
and lands during life. I give unto my four daughters, viz., Elizabeth, 
Eunice, Thankfull and Mary, each of them £40 as money. I appoint my 
wife Elizabeth to be my sole executrix. 

Witness : Nathaniel Goodwin, John Colyer, ls. 

Jonathan Bull, Joseph Hoskins. 

In addition to the inventory: The testator's right in the Five Miles 
and his right in the western lands purchased by Hartford and Windsor. 

Court Record, Page 36 — 12 January, 1730-31 : Will proven and 
invt. exhibited. 

Page 39 (Vol. XII) 3 February, 1735-6: Mary Colyer, age 16 years, 
a daughter of John Colyer deed., chose Wilterton Merrell to be her guar- 
dian. 

Distribution on file, 27 March, 1739: An agreement, signed by 



William Goodwin and Elizabeth his wife, 
Joseph Olcutt and Eunice his wife. 



Thankfull Colter^ 
Mary Colier. 



28 PROBATE RECORDS. VOL. XI, 

Page 35-102. 

Cole, Mabell, widow of John Cole, Kensington. Invt. £99-02-05. 
Taken 24 December, 1729, by Thomas Hart and Samuel Thompson. An 
addition of £4-19-06 was made to the inventory. 

Court Record, Page 4 — 4 November, 1729: Adms. granted to John 
Cole, eldest son. 



Page 100. 

Oohoon, Nathaniel, Colchester. Invt. £731-01-11. Taken 2 April, 
1 73 1, by Israel Newton, John Johnson and Thomas Adams. 

Court Record, Page 22 — March, 173 1-2: Adms. to Jane Cohoon, 
widow, and Joseph Taylor, of Hebron. Inventory exhibited, ordered to 
be recorded and kept on file. 

Page 50 — 7 September, 1731 : Martha Cohoon, 16 years of age, a 
daughter of Nathaniel Cohoon, chose Joseph Taylor, of Colchester, to be 
her guardian. Recog., f 100. 

Page 75 : A Probate Court held at Hartford, 2"] May, 1748. Pres- 
ent, Joseph Buckingham, Esq., Judge ; Jos : Talcott, Clerk. This Court 
order that the original inventory and administration bond, and the ad- 
ministration account on the estate of Nathaniel Cohoon, late of Colchester, 
deceased, be transferred to the Court of Probate in Colchester, in the 
district of Hartford, there to be kept in that office. 



Cook, Joseph. Court Record, Page 11 — 3 February, 1729-30: Jo- 
seph Cook, a minor, 17 years of age, chose Joseph Barbour of Windsor to 
be his guardian. Recog., £50. 



Page 251-2. 



Cooke, Martha, Hartford. Will dated ist March, 173 1-2. 

I, Martha Cook, widow, do make this my last will and testament: 
Imprimis. I give to my three daughters, Martha Cook, Mary Merrells anc^ 
Annah Cooke, all my moveable estate, to be equally divided amongst my 
sd. three daughters, including the £5 that my daughter Mary hath al- 
ready received. And further, my mind is that my daughter Annah shall 
have my bedd and all the furniture belonging to it, to be reckoned in her 
part of the moveables. I give to my six children, Aaron Cooke, John 
Cooke, Moses Cook, Martha Cook, Mary Merrells and Annah Cook, all 
real estate, to be equally divided amongst them. I do hereby constitute 
my son Aaron Cooke and my son John Cooke to be executors. 

Witness : Nathaniel Stanly, Martha Cooke, ls. 

Anna Stanly, Sarah Stanly. _ . 



1729 TO 1732. PROBATE RECORDS. 29 

Court Record, Page 75 — 10 October, 1732 : Will proven. 

Page 95 — 7 August, 1733: John Cook exhibited an agreement for 
the settlement of the estate of Mrs. Martha Cook deed, in the following 
manner : This writing witnesseth, that we, the subscribers, have mutually 
agreed that this entry shall be the rule of dividing the estate which our 
mother left us, and the whole of it, that is to say, her interest in the land 
sold to Mr. Joseph Pitkin, and all the lands in this town or elsewhere that 
belongs to our said mother, or mav hereafter, that is, equally to each of us. 



As witness our hands : Martha Hooker^ 

In presence of us : Anna Cook, 

J no: Whiting, Moses Merrell, 

Tho: Hooker. Mary Merrell, 
28 March, 1733. 



Aaron Cook, 
John Cook, 
Giles Hooker, 
Moses Cook. 



We, the subscribers, do acknowledge that we have reed: the sum 
of one hundred and twenty pounds apiece each of us, which was given by 
our bond: father, Aaron Cook, by will. 

Witness: Jno: Whiting, Giles Hooker, I Martha Hooker, 

Tho: Hooker. Moses Merrell, | Mary Merrell. 

Joseph Talcott, Jun., Clerk. 

Page 16 (Vol. XIV, Probate Side) : We, the subscribers, being ap- 
pointed by the Court of Probate held 13 September, 1742, to make parti- 
tion of the estate of Mrs. Martha Cook according to her will, have made 
the following division: To Lieut. Aaron Cook, in the meadow lott, 21-2 
acres and 20 rods, being 1-2 mile and 20 rods in length, and 2 rods 5 foot 
and 1-2 foot wide, which lyeth on the north side of the sd. lott; also, to 
Anne Cook, land of the same length and breadth ; also, to the heirs of 
Mary Merrells, alias Mary Cook, land of the same length and breadth, 
butting north on the land of sd. Anne ; to John Cook, land of the same 
length and breadth, butting north on the sd. Mary ; to the heirs of Moses 
Cook, that piece of land called the little orchard, and also, in the aforesd. 
meadow lott, 6 foot 9 inches in breadth and the same length as above men- 
tioned, lying on the north side of sd. meadow lott; and also to Martha 
Hooker, the whole of the right that belonged to the above-named Martha 
Cook deed, in the lott called the Neck lott, and also in the abovesd. 
meadow lott about one acre, it being 14 ft. and 6 inches wide, same length 
as above, butting north upon the land divided to John Cook, September, 
1742. The above distribution was allowed on the first Tuesday in De- 
cember, 1742. 

John Marsh, 
OziAS Goodwin. 



Page 270-1. 



Cooper, Thomas, Middletown. Invt. £705-00-00. Taken 27 March, 
"^yZZy by William Ward, William Whitmore and Joseph Rockwell. 



30 PROBATE RECORDS. VOL. XI, 

Court Record, Page 87 — 10 April, 1733: Adms. to Abigail, the 
widow, who recog. with William Whitmore in £500. Mrs. Abigail 
Cooper, widow, appointed guardian to her two children, viz., John, age 
13 years, and George, age 9 years. 

Page 104 — 5 February, 1733-4: Lamberton Cooper, age 16 years, 
chose his uncle Francis Wetmore to be his guardian. Recog., iioo. 

Page 62 (Vol. XIII) ist April, 1740: John Cooper, age 20 years, and 
George, age 16 years, chose their uncle Francis Whitmore to be their 
guardian. Recog., £500. Cert: Joseph White, J. P. Abigail Cooper, 
Adms., exhibited in Court an account of her Adms., which account it ap- 
pears in debts and charges the sum of £61-10-05 was paid, and received 
£2,, which account is accepted and ordered to be kept on file. 



Page 189. 

Cornish, Benjamin, Simsbury. Died ist April, 1732. Invt. £31- 
01-06. Taken 2y April, 1732, by Samuel Pettibone, James Hillyer and 
Samuel Pettibone 2nd. 

Court Record, Page 67 — 9 May, 1732: Adms. to James Cornish of 
Simsbury. 

Page 74 — 3 October, 1732: The estate insolvent. John Humphrey, 
Jr., and Samuel Pettibone, the 2nd, appointed commissioners. 

Page 4 (Vol. XII) 7 May, 1734: Joseph Cornish, Adms., exhibits 
an account of his Adms. Accepted. 

Page 12 — 8 October, 1734: Pursuant to an act of the General Assem- 
bly, 9 May, 1734, this Court do order Joseph Cornish, Adms., to make 
sale of so much land as will procure the sum of £25-08-10, and make re- 
turn thereof to this Court. 



Page 311. 

Cornwall, Isaac, Middletown. Died 25 August, 1733. Invt. £83- 
10-00, Taken 28 September, 1733. Will dated 25 August, 1733. 
The last (nuncupative) will of Isaac Cornwall, late of 

Middletown, deed.: 

I give to Fletcher Ranny and Joseph Ranny a yoke of steers comeing 
4 years old, and my brindle cow. And I give to Elisha Wilcoks a yoke of 
steers comeing three years old, and my red pide cow. I would not have 
you take it to pay any debts that I owe to their father, for I don't mean 
so, nor I would not have you take it so, but I give it them freely and 
voluntarily. 



1729 TO 1732. PROBATE RECORDS. 3I 

Middletown, November ye 5th, 1733. 
Mary Ranny, Esther Ranny and Abigail Wilcoks personally ap- 
peared before me, Jabez Hamlin, Justice of the Peace for Hartford 
County, and upon oath declared that they were with Isaac Cornwall the 
day before his death, and that the sd. Cornwall the day before his death 
pronounced what is within written and desired them to be witnesses 
thereof. And further, that the sd. Esther wrote what is on the other side 
presently after, and that at that time he was, to the best of their judge- 
ment, mente sana, and died the night after. Mary X Ranny, 

Abigail X Wilcocks, Esther Ranny. 

Jurant Coram. Jabez Hamlin, Just. Peace. 
The adverse party being 
cited, but not present. 

Court Record, Page 96 — 29 June, 1733: Jacob Cornwall, Adms., a 
brother of the deceased, gave bond with Richard Seymour of Hartford 

for i200. 

Page 98 — 2 October, 1733 : The nuncupative will exhibited by Joseph 
Ranney. Deferred. 

Page 100 — 6 November, 1733 : Jacob Cornwall appeals to the Supe- 
rior Court from the judgement of this Court in approveing sd. will. 



Page 60-61. 



Cornwall, Samuel, Middletown. Died 6 April, 1730. Invt. £631- 
19-04. Taken ist May, -1730, by George Phillips, Daniel Hall and Joseph 
Rockwell. Will dated 16 March, 1729-30. 

I, Samuel Cornwall of Middletown, do make this my last will and 
testament : I give unto Phebe, my wife, the one equal third part of all my 
household goods, moveable estate and stock, of what name soever, forever. 
I give to my wife the improvement of 1-3 part of my dwelling house and 
buildings, all my homestead, and all other my improveable lands, during 
her natural life. I give to my eldest son Samuel Cornwall a double por- 
tion in the whole of my estate after my just debts are paid. And it is 
my will that the whole remainder of my estate be divided equally amongst 
all the rest of my children, and that my sons shall have their portions in 
lands and my daughters shall have theirs in moveable estate so far as it 
will go. And if my daughters shall have any part of my land set out to 
them, they being designed to sell the same, they shall first make tender of 
the same to some of their brothers, my sons. I constitute my wife Phebe 
my sole executrix. 

Witness : George Phillips, Samuel Cornwall, ls. 

John Kilhourn, Joseph Rockwell. 

Court Record, Page 23 — 5 June, 1730: Will and invt. exhibited. Ap- 
proved. 



32 PROBATE RECORDS. VOL. XI, 

Page 32 (Vol. XIV) 16 November, 1743: Phebe Cornwell, the 
widow and executrix of the last will of Samuel Cornwell, now moves to 
this Court that distributors may be appointed to distribute the estate ac- 
cording to his last will : Whereupon this Court appoint Capt. George 
Phillips, Deacon Solomon Adkins and Mr. James Ward, of Mjddletown, 
distributors. Ebenezer Cornwell, a minor, 14 years of age, son of Samuel 
Cornwall, late of Middletown, chose Mr. William Rockwell to be his 
guardian. Recog., £200. Cert : Jahez Hamlin, J. P. 



Page 282. 

(Add. Invt. in Vol. XII, Page 391.) 

Cornwall, Capt. Timothy, Middletown. Invt. £1429-13-10. Taken 
24 January, 1732-3, by Joseph Rockwell, John Collins and Samuel 
D wight. Additional inventory of his clothes, which just came from Ire- 
land, and some other things, valued at £72-12-06 : apprised ist November, 
1734, by Joseph Rockwell and John Collins. 

Court Record, Page 92 — 5 June, 1733 : Adms. granted unto Peter 
Wolcott and Susannah Wolcott his wife, late widow of the sd. deceased. 
Recog. with John Anderson. 



Page 328. 

Cowle, Joseph, Wethersfield. Invt. £518-03-10. Taken 18 De- 
cember, 1733, by Benjamin Wright, Jacob Williams and David Goodrich. 
(One and 3-4 acres of land in Fairfield Swamp.) 

Court Record, Page 103 — ist January, 1733-4: Adms. granted to 
White Cowle, widow, who recog. in £200 with Jacob Williams of Weth- 
ersfield. 

Page 19 (Vol. XII) 4 February, 1734-5: White Cowle, Ailms., ex- 
hibited an account of her Adms., which is accepted. 

Page 42 — 31 March, 1736: White Cowle, age 13 years, daughter of 
sd. deceased, chose David Goodrich of Wethersfield to be her guardian. 
Recog., £100. 



Page 11-12-13-14. 

Cowles, Nathaniel, Sen., Farmington. Invt. £406-07-00. Taken 22 
November, 1729, by Isaac Cowles, Sen., and Daniel Andrews, Will dated 
16 January, 1727-8. 

I, Nathaniel Cowles, Sen., of Farmingtown, do make my last will 
and testament: I give to my wife, Mary Cowles, 1-3 part of my personal 
estate to be at her own dispose to her own children, and the use of 1-3 
part of my houseing and lands during life. Unto my daughter, Thank- 
full, I give £5 besides what I have given her before she married. Un- 



1729 TO 1732. PROBATE RECORDS. 33 

to my grandchildren, Esther Cowles and Nathaniel Cowles : to Esther 5 
shillings, and to Nathaniel 20 shillings, when they come of age. I give 
unto my daughter Phebe £25, to be paid to her when she comes of age or 
at marriage. Unto my sons Timothy, Benjamin, Joseph, Samuel and 
Daniel, I give each of them all the rest of my estate or right of all the 
divisions of land in Farmingtown that I have or shall have. I make my 
wife Mary Cowles and my son Timothy Cowles executors. 
Witness: Isaac Cowles, Sen., Nathaniel Cowles, Sen., ls. 

John Treat, Isaac Cowles, Jr. 

Court Record, Page 6 — 2 December, 1729: Invt. now exhibited. Will 
proven. 

Page 330-1. 

Cowles, Timothy, Farmington. Invt. £144-10-08. Taken 4 June, 
1733, by Isaac Cowles and Daniel Judd, 

Court Record, Page 91 — 17 May, 1733: Adms. to Content Cowles^ 
the widow, who recog. with Capt. Isaac Cowles of Farmington. 

Page 8 (Vol. XII) 22 July, 1734: Content Cowles, Adms., exhibited 
now an account of her Adms., which this Court accepts. 



Cramer, John. Court Record, Page 13 — 3 March, 1729-30: John 
Cramer, a minor, 14 years of age, chose John Curtice to be his guardian. 
Recog., £50. ' 

Page 65-66. 

Craw, John, Bolton. Invt. £272-19-00. Taken i July, 1730, by 
Samuel Brown and Jonathan Strong. Will dated 21 March, 1730. 

In the name of God, amen. I, John Craw, of the Town of Bolton, in 
the County of Hartford and Colony of Connecticut, in New England, do 
make this my last will and testament: I give to my wife Rebeckah one 
cowe and one mare, together with 1-3 part of the rest of my personal esr 
tate, forever: and 1-3 part of my house and improved land during her life. 
And unto my well-beloved son Jacob Craw I give my house and the 50 
acres of land on which the house stands, together with all my moveable 
estate, excepting my wife's legacies, he paying out the legacies contained 
in this my will and testament, by him freely to be possessed and injoyed. 
And to my son Jonathan Craw I will and bequeath £40 current money of 
this Colony. And to my son Joseph Craw I give £40 in like money. And 
to my son Ebenezer Craw £40 of money. And to my son John Craw I 
give £5 of lawful money. And to my son Richard Craw I give the sum of 
£5 of lawful money. And to my daughter Catharine Hills, and to her 
heirs, the sum of £15 lawful money. And to my daughter Elizabeth 
Sherman I give the sum of £15. And to my daughter Mary Craw I be- 



34 PROBATE RECORDS. VOL. XI, 

queath the sum of £30 lawful money. And to my daughter Rebeckah 
Craw I give £5 of lawful money. And to my daughter Deliverance Hills 
I give ii5 of lawful money. And the abovesd, legacies to be paid out by 
my son Jacob Craw in 13 years from the date hereof. I appoint my wife 
Rebeckah and my daughter Mary Craw to be executors. 

Witness: Samuel Brown, John Craw, ls. 

Jonathan Strong, Hepsibah Spencer. 

Court Record, Page 25 — 4 August, 1730: Will and invt, exhibited. 

Page 72 — 27 June, 1732: Joseph Craw of Bolton, a minor, 15 1-2 
years of age, son of John Craw, chose his brother John Craw of Coventry 
to be his guardian. Recog., £$0. 

Page 24 (Vol. XII) ist April, 1735: Ebenezer Craw, 15 years of 
age, son of John Craw, chose his sister Mary Craw to be his guardian. 
Recog., £50, 



Page 269. 

Crowfoot, Margaret, Wethersfield. Invt. £35-15-09. Taken 27 
March, 1733, by Samuel Deming, David Boardman and Timothy Bax- 
ter. Will dated 14 March, 1733. 

I, Margaret Crowfoot, widow, of Wethersfield, do make this my last 
will and testament : I give unto my son Joseph the sum of 2 shillings cur- 
rent money. I give all my moveable estate whatsoever to my son Ephraim 
and daughters Elizabeth, Mehetabell and Sarah, and to Margaret and 
Mary, my granddaughters, to be equally divided amongst them. I ap- 
point Elizabeth and Mehetabell, my daughters, to be executrixes. 

Witness : Samuel Deming, Margaret Crowfoot, ls. 

Timothy Baxter. 

Court Record, Page 86 — 3 April, 1733 : Will now exhibited by Eliza- 
beth Hollister, an executor named in the will. 



Page 293. 

Curtice, Jonathan, Wethersfield. Inventory taken i August, 1733, 
by Samuel Collins, Benjamin Wright and Jacob Williams. 

I, Jonathan Curtice, of Stepney Parish, husbandman, do make this 
my last will and testament: I give to Hepzibah, my wife, whom I also 
make my sole executrix, the 1-3 part of all my lands, buildings and edifices 
for her improvement during her natural life ; also, 1-3 part of my move- 
able estate to be her own forever. Nextly, I give to my son Thomas Cur- 
tice my dwelling house and barn, and 25 acres of land with the orchard 
upon it, butting south and east on highways, west on Samuel Collins, and 
so to run north until it make ye 25 acres. Nextly, I give to my son Eleazer 



1729 TO 1732. PROBATE RECORDS. 35 

Curtice i8 acres of land butting north and east on a highway, west on 
Samuel Collins, and so running north till it makes i8 acres, for his own. 
Nextly, I give to my son Jonathan Curtice 12 acres of land next my son 
Eleazer Curtice, butting north upon the sd. Eleazer's land, east upon a 
highway, west on Samuel Collins, and to run south till it make the sd. 
12 acres ; also the half of my lott in Wethersfield Meadow, which lott con- 
tains by estimation 3 acres, which is i 1-2 acres butting east on a hip-hway, 
the south side of it butting on the heirs of Mr. Nathaniel Hooker, to be his 
own forever. Next, I give to my son John Curtice 12 acres of land next 
my son Jonathan, butting north on Jonathan's land, east on a highway, 
west on Samuel Collins, and to run south till it makes the sd. 12 acres ; 
also the 1-2 of my lott in Wethersfield Meadow, the north side thereof, 
butting east on a highway, south on my son Jonathan, and north on Josiah 
Churchill, to be his forever. Next, I give to my daughter Anne Curtice 
iioo. Next, I give to my daughter Abigail Curtice iioo. Both of which 
is to be made out of my moveable estate if there be sufficient ; if not, out 
of that and my remaining lands. All the rest of my estate I will to be 
divided to my sons, Thomas, Eleazer, Jonathan and John, in equal pro- 
portions. 

Witness : Joseph Butler, Sen., Jonathan Curtice, ls. 

Richard Butler, Jonathan Collins. 

Court Record, Page 95 — 7 August, 1733: Will and invt. exhibited 
by Hepzibah Curtice, the widow. 



Page S3. 

Day, John, Hartford. Invt. £820-18-10. Taken 29 April, 1730, 
by Joseph Barnard, Ozias Goodwin and Samuel Edwards. Will dated 
16 November, 1725. 

I, John Day of Hartford, do make this my last will and testament: 
I give to my wife two cowes, with a full 1-3 part of the remainder of my 
moveable estate, as also all my right in the mill ; and after her decease I 
give it to my son William and his heirs. I give to my son John Day 40 
shillings, to be paid out of my weaving tackling. I do confirm to my 
several sons the deeds of gift I have formerly made to them of my lands, 
to them and their heirs. I give to my son William and to his heirs my 3- 
acre lott in the Long Meadow. I give to my son Joseph my loom with all 
the appurtenances thereto belonging. All the rest of my moveable estate 
not before given I give to my daughters, equally to be divided among 
them, only my daughter Sarah shall have the value of £4 more in them 
than either of her sisters. And I appoint my wife Sarah to be sole execu- 
trix. 

It being before omitted, I add : I give to my wife the use of 1-2 of 
my house during her widowhood, and 1-2 the cellar, the houseing to be 
on the south part. 

Signed and sealed and declared in presence of John Day, ls. 
Timothy Woodhridge, 
Joseph Wadsworth, Jonathan Olcott. 



36 PROBATE RECORDS. VOL. XI, 

Court Record, Page 19 — 5 May, 1730: Will proven and inventory 
exhibited. 



Page 47-8. 

Deming, John, Wethersfield. Died 25 November, 1729. Invt. £32- 
07-05. Taken 23 January, 1729-30, by Samuel Benton, Jonathan Rob- 
bins and Noadiah Dickinson. 

Court Record, Page 9 — 6 January, 1729-30: Adms. granted to Mary 
Deming, the widow, and Nathaniel Deming. 



Dennison, Anne. Court Record, Page 47 — 4 June, 1731 : This 
Court appoint Mercy West of Tolland to be guardian to Anne Dennison, 
one of the daughters of Joseph Dennison of Stonington deed. Recog., 
with Amasa West of Tolland, in £300. 



Page 258. 
(Add. Invt. in Vol. XII, Page 352.) 

Denslow, John, Windsor. Invt. ii 15-19-09. Taken 25 December, 
1732, by Israel Stoughton, Peletiah Allyn and John Allyn. Additional 
invt. of £277-04-10. Taken 14 February, 1733-4, by Israel Stoughton, 
Peletiah Allyn and John Allyn. 

Court Record, Page 83 — 22 February, 1732-3 : Adms, granted unto 
Samuel Osborn, who gave bonds with Jacob Osborn of sd. Windsor. 

Page 41 (Vol. XII) 19 March, 1735-6: Additional inventory ex- 
hibited and accepted. 

Page 60 (Vol. XIII) 5 February, 1739-40: Samuel Osborn, Adms,, 
exhibited an account of his Adms : Paid in debts and charges and lost 
estate, the sum of £73-03-04, Which account is accepted and ordered on 
file. 



Page 81-157. 

Dewey, Joseph, Hebron. Invt. £148-03-02. (Personal estate.) 
Taken January, 1730-31, by Samuel Loomis and Samuel Curtice. Will 
dated 4 December, 1730. 

I, Joseph Dewey of Hebron, in the County of Hartford, do make this my 
last will and testament : I give unto my nephew Charles, son of my brother 
David Dewey of Westfield, in the Province of Massachusetts Bay, this 
farm on which my house and mill stands, lying partly in Hebron and part- 
ly in Colchester, together with the house in which I now live, the mills and 
barn and all the implements belonging thereto, only reserveing for Ben- 
jamin Taylor the use of the sd, farm and all the mills and buildings there- 
on in common or partnership with the sd, Charles Dewey for 10 years, td 



1729 TO 1732. PROBATE RECORDS. 37 

commence at the time of my decease, I give unto Israel and Jabez, sons 
of my brother Israel Dewey of Stonington deed., 147 acres of land I have 
lying near to John Trot in Hebron, to be equally divided between them, 
according to its survey on record under Samuel Curtice's hand. I give to 
my nephew Charles Dewey i meadow lott in the North Meadow in Heb- 
ron, near Mr. Bliss. My will is and I hereby order my executors here- 
after named to dispose of my farm lying in Hebron near where Baxter 
lives, containing 142 acres, in the payment of my just debts ; also 3 lotts in 
the Little Meadow near to Samuel Caulkin's, in Hebron, I order my exe- 
cutors to sell toward the payment of my debts ; 32 acres of land lying in 
Hebron on the Plaine by Mr. Bliss, together with all the land I ought to 
have of Nathaniel Dewey of Lebanon, in Lebanon, and also the land or 
right of land in the place called Union (excepting 50 acres in sd. Union, 
which I will to be set out to Isaac Burroughs, my cousin), I order my 
executors to sell, and the money received to be improved towards the pay- 
ment of my just debts, saving only iioo thereof, which I give unto my 
friend and executor hereafter named, John Bulkeley, Jr., of Colchester. 
I order my executors to sell the land which I have lying by the land of 
Lemuel Fitch, of sd. Colchester, for the payment of my debts, reserveing 
£100 which I give unto my friend John Bulkeley, Jr. I give unto the sd. 
John Bulkeley a piece of land which I have lying on the road from Col- 
chester to Glastonbury, by the brook called Salmon Brook, and in Hebron. 
I give unto the sd. John Bulkeley and my nephew Charles Dewey 16 acres 
of land lying on the hill called Chesnut Hill, in Colchester, equally to be 
divided between them. I give unto Benjamin Taylor and the sd. John 
Bulkeley, Jr., all the interest and property -which I have in the iron works 
in Colchester, also all common rights of land in Hebron and in Colchester. 
I give unto my honoured uncle Dewey, father to Nathaniel Dewey of 
Lebanon, £10; to Gershom, Charles, Peter and Oliver Bulkeley, sons to 
the Reverend Mr. John Bulkeley, £5 each, as also to Dorothy, Patience 
and Lewce Bulkeley, £5 each. As a condition of the aforesd. divises to 
my sd. nephew Charles Dewey and Benjamin Taylor, I do order that they 
shall saw in my sawmill, to sd. Charles Dewey bequeathed, timber, plank, 
and boards sufficient for the building of a house for the sd. John Bulkeley, 
Jr., if he shall build in Colchester and require the same of them. I hereby 
appoint Mr. John Bulkeley, Jr., of Colchester, together with Benjamin 
Taylor of Hebron, in the County of Hartford, to be the only executors 
of this my last will and testament. 

Witness: Joseph Wright, Joseph Dewey, ls. 

Nathaniel Otis, Josiah Gilbert, Jr. 

Court Record, Page 33 — 5 January, 1730-31 : Will exhibited and 
proven. 



Page 160. 

Dewolph, Charles, Middletown. Invt. £407-04-02. Taken 31 De- 
cember, 1 73 1, by Nathaniel White and John Arnold. Will dated 4 Decem- 
ber, 1731. 



38, PROBATE RECORDS. VOL. XI, 

I, Charles Dewolph of Middletown, in the County of Hartford, do 
make this my last will and testament: I give to my wife Prudence 1-4 
part of all my moveable estate and the use of my dwelling house and all 
my improveable land within the bounds of the Town of Middletown so 
long as she shall live a widow bearing my name, and the use of all my 
moveable estate during the term of her widowhood. I give to my two sons, 
John Dewolph and Stephen Dewolph, that 32 acres of land in Glastonbury 
which I had of Thomas and Sarah White, to be divided equally between 
them. I give to my two sons, Symon Dewolph and Joseph Dewolph, my 
dwelling house in Middletown and all the lands in Middletown, both up- 
land and meadow, and swamp, which I had of Thomas White, after their 
mother's decease or marriage. I give to my daughters, Prudence, Eliza- 
beth, Sarah, Mary and Rebeckah, 2-4 of my moveable estate after their 
mother's decease or marriage. I give to all my sons and daughters all 
that land which was given by my father to me and my heirs within the 
bounds of Lyme, to be divided equally among them, that is, if it should 
ever be recovered, but my advice to my children is not to try for it. I 
make my son Symon Dewolph sole executor. 

Witness : Nathaniel Savage, Charles Dewolph, ls. 

John Savage, 
Joseph White. 

Court Record, Page 58 — 4 January, 1731-2: Symon Dewolph, execu- 
tor, declined the trust, and this Court grant Adms. unto Prudence De- 
wolph, widow. 

Page 95 — 7 August, 1733 : Prudence Dewolph, Adms., exhibits an 
account of her Adms., which is accepted by the Court. 

Page 103 — ist January, 1733-4: Joseph Dewolph, a minor, age 14 
years, chose Thaddeus Welles of Glastonbury to be his guardian. Recog., 
£100. 



Page 312-343- 

Dickinson, Eliphalet, Wethersfield. Invt. £633-01-01. Taken 30 
October, 1733, by Jacob Williams, Benjamin Wright and Gideon Good- 
rich. Will dated 6 February, 1728-9. 

I, Eliphalet Dickinson, of the Town of Wethersfield, do make this 
my last will and testament : I give to my wife Rebeckah her thirds, and 
also a dowry of £20 money. I give to my three sons, Obadiah, Eliphalet 
and Eleazer, an equal part of my land, to them and their heirs forever, 
all my lands which I shall die seized of, they and each of them paying 
equally out of my moveable estate to my three daughters, Sarah. Re- 
beckah and Eunice, £50 apiece. I appoint my wife Rebeckah Dickinson 
executrix. 

Witness : Amos Williams, Eliphalet Dickinson, ls. 

Jonathan Lattimore, Philip GofF. 

Court Record, Page 97 — ^4 September, 1733: Will exhibited and 
proven. 



1729 TO 1732. PROBATE RECORDS. 39= 

Page 92. 

Dix, Leonard, Wethersfield. Invt. £887-17-10. Taken 24 Decem- 
ber, 1730, by Samuel Wright, Ebenezer Belding and Jonathan Belding, Jr. 

Court Record, Page 36 — 15 January, 1 730-1 : Adms. granted to 
Abigail Dyx, the widow. 

Page 7 (Vol. XII) 2 July, 1734: Leonard Dix, age 17 years, and 
Abigail Dix, age 14 years, children of Leonard Dix, chose their father- 
in-law, William Nott, to be their guardian with their mother, his wife. 
And this Court appoint sd. William Nott to be guardian to several other 
of the children of sd. deed., viz., Rebeckah Dix, age 12 years, Jerusha Dix, 
age 10 years, Jacob Dix, age 7 years, and Charles Dix, about 7 years of 
age. Recog., £500. 

Page loi (Vol. XIII) 30 November, 1741 : This Court appoint 
Elisha Griswold to be guardian to Charles Dix, about 11 years of age, 
son of Leonard Dix, late of Wethersfield. Recog., £300. Certified to this 
Court by David Goodrich that Jacob Dix, son of Leonard Dix, chose 
Elisha Boardman of Wethersfield to be his guardian. Recog., £300. 

Page 326 (Vol. XIII, Probate Side) : We, the subscribers, being 
sole heirs to the estate of Leonard Dix, late of Wethersfield, do hereby 
fully and mutually agree that the disposition hereafter particularly set 
and affixed to either of us of real or personal estate shall be our part or 
portion or demand of, in or to the estate of the sd. deed. : 





£ s d 




£ s d 


To Leonard Dix, 


235-19-06 


To Rebeckah Dix, 


69-09-11 


To Jerusha Dix, 


67-13-06 


To Charles and Jacob 




To Hannah Dix, 


66-19-08 


Dix, 


131-17-06 






To the widow, 


46-01-03 



For a full confirmation of all the foregoing, we acknowledge we have 
received, this 2nd February, 1741, and do hereby discharge each other of 
any further demands upon the sd. estate. And have hereunto set to our 
hands and seals : 



Abigail X Blynn, ls. 
Elisha Griswold, ls. 
Abigail Griswold, ls. 
Elisha Boardman, ls. 
Hannah Boardman, ls. 



Rebeckah Dix, ls. 

Elisha Griswold, Guardian 

TO Charles Dix, ls. 
Elisha 'Boardman, Guardian 

TO Jacob Dix, ls. 



Court Record, Page 108 — 2 February, 1741-2: Jonathan Blynn of 
Wethersfield, in right of his wife, formerly the relict of Leonard Dix 
deed., moves this Court that her right of dower on sd. Dix his estate may 
be set out to her by freeholders as the law directs: Whereupon this 
Court appoint Jonathan Belding, John Stilman and Ephraim Williams 
to set out 1-3 part of the real estate of the sd. Leonard Dix deed, to the 
sd. Jonathan Blynn and Abigail his wife, as her dowry. 

Page 109 — 2 February, 1 741-2: Agreement exhibited and confirmed 
by the Court. 



40 PROBATE RECORDS. VOL. XI, 

Page "jd. 

Dixwell, Bathshua, Middletown. Invt. i54-i2-09. Taken 4 March, 
1730, by Joseph Rockwell and Robert Warner. 

I, Bathshua Dixwell, formerly of New Haven, now resident of Mid- 
dletown, being fallen into old age, do make this my last will and testa- 
ment : I give to my daughter Mary Collins, under whose care I now am, 
and to her children, all that part of worldly goods that I shall die possessed 
of. I give to my son-in-law, John Collins, my husband Dixwell's Bible 
forever. My son-in-law, with Mary his wife, to be sole executors. Dated 
8 June, 1727. 

Witness : John Hamlin, Bathshua Dixwell, ls. 

Seih We.tmore. 



Page 300. 

Doolittle, Abraham, Middletown. Invt. £288-07-09. Taken 27 Au- 
gust, 1733, by John Collins, Joseph Clark and Joseph Doolittle. 

Court Record, Page 96-— 29 June, 1733: Adms. to Martha Doolittle, 
widow. Recog., £200, with William Marks. 

Page 18 (Vol. XIV) ist March, 1743 : An account of Adms, was 
now exhibited in Court by Martha Doolittle, alias Martha Marks, Adms. 
on sd. estate, which account is accepted. 

Page 90 (Vol. XV) 14 February, 1748-9: Martha Doolittle, alias 
Marks, Adms., having exhibited an invt. of the estate of sd. deceased, and 
also an account of Adms., informing this Court that there is nothing to 
divide but real estate, this Court do appoint Capt. Jonathan Allyn, Lt. 
Nathaniel Gilbert and Joseph Clark, of Middletown, to divide the real 
estate, viz., 1-3 part of the buildings and land to Martha Doolittle, alias 
Marks, for her improvement during life, and to Abraham Doolittle, eldest 
son, his double share or 2-3 thereof, and to Ebenezer Doolittle, the young- 
est son, his single share. 



Page 36-7. 

Dracke, Elizabeth, Windsor. Invt. iioo-plus. Taken 12 January, 
1729-30, by John Palmer, Job Drake and John Cooke, Jr. Will dated 22 
June, 1728. 

I, Elizabeth Dracke, widow, of Windsor, do make this my last will 
and testament : I give to my son Jacob Dracke, of Windsor, my partison, 
my silver spoon, my silver dram cup and drinking glass. I give my wear- 
ing apparrel, except my silk hood and silk scarf, to my daughter Eliza- 
beth Griswold, my son Jacob Dracke, my daughter Sarah Wolcott, and 
the four children of my daughter Mary Porter deed., to be equally divided 
into four parts, and Elizabeth shall have one, Jacob one, Sarah one, and 
the children of Mary one. And that part of my apparrell which shall be 



1729 TO 1732. PROBATE RECORDS. 4^ 

distributed unto the four children of my daughter Mary deed., my will is 
that that part shall be equally divided into five parts, of which Mary Pette- 
bone shall have one part, Catharine Dracke two parts, Lydia Porter one 
part and Anne one part, they being the four children of my sd. daughter 
Mary Porter. I give to my granddaughter Elizabeth Gillett 20 shillings 
money. I give unto my grandson Moses Griswold 20 shillings money. 
I give to my granddaughter Elizabeth Newbery 20 shillings money. 
I give to my granddaughter Catharine Dracke my silk hood and scarf, my 
best iron pot and iron kettle, and a brass kettle of mine that was once the 
honoured Capt. Clarke's. I give to my granddaughter Hannah Dracke 20 
shillings money. And the residue of my estate I give to my son Jacob 
Dracke, daughter Sarah Wolcott, and Catharine, Lydia and Anne, three 
of the children of my daughter Mary Porter deed., to be divided into 
four parts, of which my son Jacob shall have two, my daughter Sarah 
one, and the three last-mentioned children of my daughter Mary one. 
And my will is that in the division of this last part among sd. three chil- 
dren that the whole shall be divided into four parts, and that Catharine 
shall have two parts, Lydia one part, and Anne one part. I make my son 
Jacob Dracke to be my sole executor. 

Witness : Ehenezer Phelps, . Elizabeth Dracke, ls. 

Samuel Philley, Henry Allyn. 

Court Record, Page 13 — 3 March, 1729-30: Will and invt. exhibited 
and proven. 



Page 290. 

Drake, Job, Windsor. Will dated 14 March, 1732. 

I, Job Drake of Windsor, do make this my last will and testament^ 
I give to my wife Elizabeth the use of all my estate during her natural 
life. I give to my son Jeremiah Drake that lott where I now dwell which 
I had of my father, and that which I have which was Joshua Wills's — to 
him forever, he allowing to his mother what is above given to her,, and 
to my daughter Rebeckah the use of the new house during the time she 
shall remain a single woman. I give to my daughters Elizabeth and Re- 
beckah, and to my granddaughter Eunice Drake, my lott that bounds 
north on the land of Thomas Stoughton and south on the land of Samuel 
Moore, to be divided amongst them share and share alike, saving only to 
my wife her legacy aforesd. I give to my daughter Rebeckah £25 out of 
my moveable estate, she to take it in household goods or in cattle. I 
give to my grandson Jonathan Drake my right, interest, share and part 
of a land called the Equivalent Land. I give to my son Jeremiah all my 
lands in Windsor not above disposed of, whether already divided or un- 
divided, to him and his heirs forever. I give all my right, interest, share 
and part of the lands called the Western Lands to my daughter Elizabeth, 
my daughter Rebeckah, and son Jeremiah, and my granddaughter Eunice 
Drake forever, share and share alike. My will is that after the death of 



42 PROBATE RECORDS. VOL. XI, 

my wife Elizabeth, if any of my moveable estate shall be left not disposed 
of to pay my debts, that it shall be equally divided between my three 
children and my granddaughter Eunice Drake, each one to share alike. I 
appoint my son Jeremiah Drake and my son Joseph Rockwell to be execu- 
tors. 

Witness : Timothy Edwards, Job Drake^ ls. 

Joseph Drake, Eliakim Cook. 

Court Record, Page 94 — 3 July, 1733 : Will exhibited. 



Page 62. 

Drake, Joseph, and Sarah, his wife. Invt. £91-10-06. Taken 24 
June, 1730, by Timothy Cowles and John Bidwell. 

Court Record, Page 17 — 7 April, 1730: This Court discharges Timo- 
thy Easton of Hartford from being guardian to Lemuel Drake, and ap- 
point Capt. Ciprian Nichols of Hartford to be guardian to sd. Lemuel 
Drake, a minor, about 6 years of age. Recog., £50. 

Page 20 — II May, 1730: Whereas^ Sarah Drake, widow of sd. deed., 
who was appointed Adms. 25 April, 1728, and took Adms. on her deceased 
husband's estate, had died without finishing her Adms., this Court grant 
letters of Adms. unto David Bissell of Windsor, and he reports the estate 
insolvent. And Joseph Drake and Matthew Grant, with David Bissell, are 
appointed commissioners. 

Page 22 — 2 June, 1730: This Court appoint Timothy Easton to be 
guardian unto Joseph Drake, son of Joseph Drake. Recog., £50. Joseph 
Cooke of Hartford appointed guardian to Ebenezer Drake, age 5 years. 
Recog., £50. 

Page 65 — II April, 1732: Lt. Samuel Marsh of Hartford to be 
guardian to Samuel Drake, age 4 years, son of Joseph Drake. Recog., 
£50. 

Page III (Vol. Xni) 2 March, 1741-2: This Court now grant 
Adms. on the estates of Joseph Drake and his wife, both deed., unto Joel 
Rockwell of Windsor, the former Adms. being departed this life and 
Adms. not finished. Recog., £200, with Joseph Rockwell of Windsor. 



Page 149. 

Deuplessey, Francis. Invt. taken i July, 1731, by Joseph Backus 
and John Edwards, consisting : 

£ s d 
In personal estate, 68-08- lo 

In six casks of molasses, 703 gallons, @ £0-03-00 per gallon, 105-09-00 
In six barrells of sugar, @ £5 per hundred, 61-11-06 

In money, etc., 14-10-06 



1729 TO 1732. ■ PROBATE RECORDS. 43 

Estate in New England. 

Will dated 21 April, 1731 : In the name of God, amen. Whereas I, 
Francis Deuplessey, late of the Island of Barbadoes, in the West Indies, 
but now of the Town and County of Hartford, in the Colony of Connecti- 
cut, in New England, have by the blessings of God Almighty obtamed and 
acquired a small estate in divers parts of this world, and knowing that it 
is appointed unto men once to die, that I might set mine house in order, 
have heretofore made and ordained my certain will and testament, in due 
form, wherein I have disposed of all that estate which God has given me 
in the West Indies, West America and elsewhere (excepting what I have 
here in New England), after my decease, to my brother Lewis Deuplessey 
of London, Gent. ; my sisters, Elizabeth Deuplessey and Mary Anne Deu- 
plessey, of London aforesd. ; and my brother, Peter Deuplessey, of Bar- 
badoes, aforesd., and in the sd. will have appointed my good friends, Capt. 
Thomas Mapp and Mr. Joseph Bailey, of the Parish of St. PhiUips, in 
Barbadoes aforesd., to be the executors of that will, and have left the sd. 
will in the hands of Mr. John Dallison, of Barbadoes aforesd., merchant at 
Barbadoes aforesd., which will and testament, so far as it relates to all my 
estate (excepting what I have in New England as aforesd.), I do hereby 
establish and confirm and will not have anything herein contained to be 
so inventoried as to make void the same. And as to that small estate 
which I have here in New England, I make, ordain and appoint this to be 
my last will and testament, as follows : viz. : Imprs. My will is that my 
just debts should be punctually paid by my executors hereafter named, in 
these presents appointed, after which : Item. I give and bequeath unto 
Mr. Francis Beteille of Boston, in New England, merchant, and to my 
good friend Mrs. Susannah Beauchomp, of Hartford aforesd., daughter 
of Mr. John Beauchomp of sd. Hartford, all such debts and demands as 
are due and comeing to me or that hereafter shall be recovered by my exe- 
utors or in my name of and from Mr. Stephen Boutiwan and James Boy- 
ard, of Boston aforesd., to be equally divided between the sd. Francis and 
Susannah, and in such proportion to be to them and their heirs forever. 
Item. All the rest of my estate, of what kind or nature soever, which I 
have here in New England, I hereby devise and bequeath unto the sd. 
Susannah Beauchomp, to be to herself and to her heirs forever. I appoint 
Mr. Samuel Mather, of Windsor, and Mr. William Pitkin, of Hartford, 
executors to all my estate in New England aforesd.. and restraining it to 
that only. In testimony whereof I, the sd. Francis Deuplessey (being now 
Sana memoria), have hereunto set my hand and seal. 

Witness : John Edwards, Deuplessey, ls. 

Eheneser Williamson, J. Gilbert, Jr. 

Court Record, Page 53 — 11 May, 1731 : The executors declined the 
trust, and Adms. was granted to John Beauchomp of Hartford, one of 
the principal creditors. 



44 PROBATE RECORDS. VOL. XI, 

Page 245-6. 

Dutton, Joseph, East Haddam. Invt. £157-11-00. Taken 4 Feb- 
ruary, 1733-4, by John Spencer, John Church and Jabez Chapman. Will 
dated ist September, 1733. 

I, Joseph Dutton of Haddam East Society, do make this my last will 
and testament: I give to my wife Mary Dutton 1-3 part of all my house- 
hold goods, and i good, gentle and easy beast, horse or mare, to be pro- 
vided out of my moveable estate, with convenient furniture for her to ride 
upon, and i good cow and six sheep, all which she shall have power to 
dispose of as she shall judge most for her comfort. And my will is that 
my son Samuel Dutton shall provide sufficient fodder and pasturing for 
sd. creatures during her widowhood. Also, I give to her 1-4 part of all 
the grain that my sd. son shall raise from the farm on which I now dwell, 
yearly, excepting he and she shall otherwise agree. Also, it is my will 
that my sd. son shall provide for her a sufficiency of convenient firewood 
during her widowhood, and i barrel of syder, and what apples she shall 
have occasion for, yearly, if the orchard will afford it ; also, the choice of 
any i room in my now dwelling house during her natural life. I give to 
my 3 sons, Benjamin, David and Thomas Dutton, all my creatures that 
shall not be otherwise disposed of before my decease or by this my last 
will, that is to say, 1-2 to Benjamin, and ye other half to be divided be- 
tween David and Thomas equally, which they shall have besides what they 
have already received. I give to my son Samuel Dutton, besides what he 
hath already received in deed of gift bearing date with these presents, 
some cattle that I formerly set out to him. All my carpenter and hus- 
bandry tools I give to my son-in-law, Matthew Smith, to be delivered 
to him out of moveable estate. I give to my daughter, Rebeckah Gates, 
besides what she hath already received, a table and a brass pan, and the 
best of the coverlids, and a featherbed, after my own and my wife's de- 
cease. I give to my daughter Ruth Millard and to my grandson William 
Selby, besides what my sd. daughter Ruth and sd. grandson's mother hath 
formerly received, all the remainder of my household goods not before 
disposed of, and that which they have received shall be reckoned with 
what remains, and shall be equally divided between them. I appoint my 
wife and son, Samuel Dutton, executors. 

Witness : Mary Smith, Joseph X Dutton, ls. 

Jabez Chapman, Daniel Booge. 

Court Record, Page 105 — 5 March, 1733-4: Will exhibited by Sam- 
uel Dutton, executor named in sd. will. Proven. 

Page 56 (Vol. XII) 15 June, 1741 : Know all men by these presents: 
That we whose names are underwritten do acknowledge that we have re- 
ceived in full of Samuel Dutton, executor of our honoured father's 
(Joseph Dutton's) will, all that is given in sd. will to us the subscribers. 
loth April, 1734. Matthew Smith, David Dutton, 

Witness: Thomas Millard, Benjamin Dutton, Thomas Dutton. 
William Selby. 



1729 TO 1732. PROBATE RECORDS. 45 

Know all men, that we who are the under-subscribers acknowledge 
that we have received in full of Samuel Button all that is given in the 
will of our honoured father to us the under subscribers, 

7th day of May, 1734. Thomas Millard, 

Witness : David Diitton, Ruth X Millard. 

William Selby. 

October the 30th, 1738: Know all men, that I, William Selby of 
East Haddam, acknowledge that I have received of Samuel Button all 
that was given me by the will of Mr. Joseph Button. 
Witness : David Dutton, William Selby, 

Thomas Millard. 

May 28th, 1744: Then we, Baniel Gates and Rebeckah Gates, have 
received of Samuel Button all that was given us by our honoured father 
in his will. Baniel Gates, 

Witness : Nathan Fisher, Rebeckah X Gates, 

Judah Gates. 

The above is a true copy of the original, and recorded by me. 

Jos: Talcott, Clerk, 



Page 247-274, 

Edwards, Samuel, Hartford, Invt. £2547-13-03. Taken 2 Becem- 
ber, 1732, by John Skinner, James Church and Jos. Talcott, Jun, Will 
dated 3 November, 1732. 

The last (nuncupative) will of Samuel Edwards, late of Hartford 
deed. : The evidence of the honourable Joseph Talcott is : "And as soon as 
I came to him he said : 'I have altered my mind as to what I intended to 
give my wife, and I give her iSoo.' The addition to the minutes of his 
giving his wife iSoo I put in writing the morning after he died, that his 
relations might know what part and how." 

Sworn in Court, Joseph Talcott. 

Test: Jos: Talcott, Jun., Clerk. 

I, Eunice Talcott, Junr., well remember that being att Mr. Samuel 
Edwards's the night before he died, my father comeing into the house 
where Mr. Edwards lay sick, I told Mr. Edwards my father was come. He 
said, "Well, it is well, but I might have one thing altered. I will give my 
wife more than I have," And when my father came up to the bed, Samuel 
Edwards said : "I have altered my mind as to what I intended to give to 
my wife, and I might have that legacy altered. It must be £800." Signed 
this 3rd day of November, Anno Bom. 1732, 

Sworn in Court. Eunice Talcott. 

Test: Jos: Talcott, Jun., Clerk. 

Att a Court of Probate held att Hartford, in and for the County of 
Hartford, on the 23rd day of April, Anno Bom. 1733 : Then the Honble. 



46 PROBATE RECORDS. VOL. XI, 

Joseph Talcott and Eunice Talcott, the above subscribers, in Court this 
day were sworn to the evidence above written, and under oath declared 
that the testator, Samuel Edwards, was of sound disposeing mind and 
memory at the time when he altered the legacie given to his wife Jerusha 
and made it iSoo. 

Sworn to in Court. Test: Jos: Talcott, Junr., Clerk. 



Page 235-6. 



Eglestone, Benjamin, Windsor, Invt. £23-08-10. Taken 24 No- 
vember, 1732, by Thomas Stoughton and David Bissell. Will dated 16 
December, 1729. 

I, Benjamin Eglestone of Windsor, do make and ordain this my last 
will and testament: Although I have given my children portions accord- 
ing to my ability formerly, yet I think it wisdom to make this following 
small addition to prevent future trouble: Imprimis. I give unto my son- 
in-law, Samuel Osbond of Windsor, to complete his deceased wife's por- 
tion, 5 shillings. I give unto my daughter Marcy Miller 5 shillings. I 
give unto my daughter Sarah Bliss 5 shillings. I give unto my daughter 
Dorothy West £5. I give unto my daughter Esther Osbond, of Enfield, 
5 shillings. I give unto my son Benjamin Eglestone the remainder of my 
goods and chattells whatsoever, who is obliged to take care and honour- 
ably to maintain the testator as long as he liveth. And my son Benjamin 
Eglestone I constitute my sole executor. 

Witness: Thomas Stoughton, Benjamin Eglestone, ls. 

Joseph Harper, Robert Thompson. 

Court Record, Page 78 — 5 December, 1732: Will exhibited and 
proven. 



Page 125. 

Eglestone, Corp. John, Windsor. Invt. £609-12-10. Taken by Na- 
thaniel Drake, Timothy Loomis and Henry Allyn. Will dated 17 June, 
1730. 

I, John Eglestone of Windsor, do make this my last will and testa- 
ment : I give to Esther, my wife, the 1-3 part of my real estate during 
life, and 1-3 part of my personal estate forever. I give to my three sons, 
James Eglestone, John Eglestone and Edward Eglestone, all and singular 
my houseing and lands wheresoever, to be equally divided between them 
and to be injoyed by them and each of them forever, only reserving my 
wife's thirds therein during her natural life. I give to my daughter Es- 
ther Filley, besides what I have already given her, 2 shillings and 6 pence. 
I give to my daughter Stiles, besides what I have already given her, 18 
pence. I give to my other five daughters, Abigail Eglestone, Dorcas 



1729 TO 1732. PROBATE RECORDS. 47 

Drake, Anne Clark, Dameras Eglestone and Martha Eglestone, £6 apiece. 
Finally, I make my wife Esther to be sole executrix. 
Witness : Matthew Allyn, John Eglestone, ls. 

Thomas Moore, Henry Allyn. 

Court Record, Page 49 — 3 August, 1731 : Will exhibited and proven. 



Page 196. 

Eglestone, Thomas, Windsor. Invt. £363-07-08. Taken 9 May, 
1732, by Nathaniel Drake, Job Loomis and Henry Allyn. Will dated 4 
February, 173 1-2. 

I, Thomas Eglestone of Windsor, do make this my last will and testa- 
ment: I give to my wife Grace so much of my moveable estate as she 
shall see cause to improve or make use of, so long as she remains my 
widow, and also 1-3 part of my houseing and land during her natural life. 
I give to my son Thomas Eglestone 2 acres of land I bought of Samuel 
Bissell, and 10 acres of land lying at Pequanock Path, and also all my 
right and interest in the Equivalent Land, so-called, and 1-4 part of the 
undivided lands in Windsor Common, to him and his heirs forever, but 
not to be by him sold to any person whatsoever except to one of his 
brothers, provided they or either of them shall offer to him so much for 
the same, or any part thereof, as any person shall offer him for the same. 
I give to my son Jedediah Eglestone the whole of that lott on which he 
dwells, viz., the lott I bought of Cook and Marshall, except what I have 
already given him by deed of gift; also 1-2 of my lott in the western 
lands, and 1-4 part of my right in the undivided land in Windsor ; also 1-2 
of my lott in the Great Meadow, he paying to my daughters hereafter 
named the sum of £8 money. I give to my son Joseph Eglestone my 
dwelling house and barn and homelott, and i acre of land adjoining there- 
to ; also my lott in the Little Meadow ; also 1-2 of my land laid out to me 
in the i 1-2 Mile Division in the undivided lands in Windsor; also 1-2 of 
my lott in the Great Meadow, he paying to my daughters the sum of £50 
money. I give to my son Ephraim Eglestone 10 acres of land lying at 
the place called Mile's Hole ; also my meadow lott lying on the east side 
of the Great River; also 1-2 of my land laid out to me in the i 1-2-Mile 
Division of Town Commons; also 1-4 part of my lands in the undivided 
lands in Windsor, he paying to my daughters the sum of £12 money. And 
further, my will is that my six daughters, viz., Hannah, Isabell, Deborah, 
Mary, Mindwell and Esther, have paid to them by my sons Jedediah 
Eglestone, Joseph Egleston and Ephraim Eglestone, the sum of £70 
money. And my will is that my sd. sons Jedediah, Joseph and Ephraim 
pay to my daughter Grace Whaples the sum of 10 shillings money, and 
to her children, viz., Thomas and Abigail Whaples of Hartford, the sum of 
£5 money each. And as to the remaining part of my moveable estate (if 
any there be), my will is that my sons Thomas, Jedediah, Joseph and 
Ephraim, shall divide it equally between them. And I appoint Grace, my 



48 PROBATE RECORDS. VOL. XI, 

wife, to be sole executrix. And I do desire Capt. Henry Allyn, my son 
Jedediah Eglestone, my son Ephraim Eglestone, and Isaac Loomis, to 
be overseers. 

Witness : Josiah More, Hesekiah Parsons, Thomas X Eglestone, ls. 
Henry Allyn, Timothy Loomis. 

Court Record, Page 70 — 6 June, 1732: The executrix refused the 
trust, and Adms. was granted to the widow and Joseph Eglestone, a son 
of the sd. deceased. 



Page 65. 

Ensign, James, Hartford. Invt. £222-06-08. Taken 15 January, 
I730> by Thomas Richards and Joseph Webster. 

Court Record, Page 15 — 3 March, 1729-30: Adms. to James Ensign. 



Page 43-4. 

Forbes, David, Hartford. Invt. £622-04-10. Taken 11 February, 
1729-30, by Daniel Dickinson, John Benjamin and Timothy Williams. 
Will dated 25 December, 1727. 

I, David Forbes of Hartford, do make this my last will and testa- 
ment : My will is that, after my just debts are paid, my wife Sarah shall 
have and injoy 1-3 part of my personal estate, with this proviso, that at 
her decease she shall give it (ware and tare excepted) among my daugh- 
ters according to her discretion, and that during her natural life she shall 
have the improvement of 1-2 part of my dwelling house, half the barn, 1-2 
the orchard, and half the land lying between sd. orchard, and half of the 
pasture joining thereto, about 3 acres, together with the improvement of 
1-3 part of the rest of my improved land. I give to my son David, be- 
sides what I have already given by deed of gift, 1-3 part of my right to 
the common or undivided land in Hartford east side, to be and remain to 
him and his heirs forever. Unto my son William I give 1-2 of my dwell- 
ing house, 1-2 of my barn, 1-2 of my homelott, 1-2 of my orchard and 
pasture adjoining, together with the 1-2 of the above-mentioned house, 
barn, orchard and pasture after the decease of my wife, together with 
a piece of meadow, about 6 acres, called Crow's lott, which is bounded 
north on my son David's land, west on the heirs of Clark, south on Mr. 
Pantry's land, and east on the Great Bridge Crick, 1-2 part of my outland 
at Hougonum called Moody's and Hopkins's lott, the remaining part of 
Dicke's lott, together with a right to a 1-3 part of my undivided land above 
mentioned, to be and remain to him and his heirs forever. I give to my 
son Solomon an upland lott at Hougoanum containing 12 acres, on the 
west side of the country road, bounded east on sd. road, south on land 
belonging partly to Timothy Williams and partly to John Benjamin, west 
and north on Timothy Williams ; a piece of meadow land containing 4 
acres, called Sandford's lott, bounded west on the Little Bridge Creek and 



1729 TO 1732. PROBATE RECORDS. 49 

east on the Great Bridge Creek, south on land belonging to the heirs of 
John Crow deceased, and north on land of Mr. Pantry; the remaining 
half part of the lott called Moody's and Hopkins's lott, together with a 
right to the third part of my undivided land ; to him and his heirs forever. 
And ijiy will is that my son Solomon be put out to some good trade ac- 
cording to the discretion of my executors. I give to my daughter Sarah, 
to my daughter Catharine, to my daughter Mary, for their portion, £30 
to each of them, to be paid out of my personal estate after my wife has 
had her thirds thereof ; and if that don't make up the sum mentioned, my 
will is that my son William pay 2-3 and my son Solomon 1-3 of what is 
wanting. My will is that Mr. William Pitkin and wife Sarah be my 
executors. 

Witness : Samuel Woodhridge, David Forbes, ls. 

Elisabeth Woodhridge, Margaret X Colt. 

Court Record, Page 13 — 3 March, 1729-30: Will and invt. exhibited. 

Page 20 — 28 May, 1730: Solomon Forbes, age 16 years and 4 
months, chose his brother David Forbes to be his guardian. Recog., f 50. 

Page 42 — 6 April, 1731 : Catherine Forbes chose her brother David 
Forbes to be her guardian. Recog., £50. 



Page 115-16-17. 



Foster, Thomas, Middletown. Invt. £924-11-00. Taken 28 May, 
1 73 1, by Daniel Hall, Edward Foster and Joseph Rockwell. Will dated 
25 February, 1 730-1. 

I, Thomas Foster of Middletown, in the County of Hartford, do 
make this my last will and testament: I give to Margaret, my wife, 1-3 
part of my personal estate, also the use of 1-2 of my dwelling house 
(which end she shall choose), also one of my cellars, 1-3 part of my barn, 
1-3 part of all my improved land, the odd room and well. I give unto my 
only son John Foster my dwelling house and barn and homestead, and 
all the buildings thereon, also that lottment of land over the Crick near 
the red house so called, also my lower Pond lott on the east side of the 
Great River, reserving his mother's thirds. I give to my son John Foster 
my best chest, also 2-3 of my propriety right in commons and undivided 
lands, and all other of my lands in Middletown not disposed of by will ; 
also I give to my son John Foster all my stock of leather and hides, also 
all my husbandry tools and my shop tools. It is my will that after my 
just debts are paid and my wife's thirds allowed to her, that what re- 
mains of my stock of creatures shall be equally divided between my son 
John Foster and my daughter Elizabeth, now the wife of John Kent. I 
give unto my son John Foster all my wearing apparrell. I give unto my 
daughter Elizabeth Kent, besides what I have given her already, that 
lottment of land which I now have lying near unto Capt. Daniel Hall, 
also 1-3 part of my right in the mines and in my lands there, and also 1-3 



50 PROBATE RECORDS. VOL. XI, 

part of my propriety right in commons and undivided lands in Middle- 
town. I make my son John Foster my only executor. 
Witness: William Ward, Thomas Foster, ls. 

•Edward Foster, Joseph Rockwell. 

Court Record, Page 46 — 18 May, 1731 : Will and invt. exhibited and 
accepted. 

Page 127 (Vol. XV) ist May, 1750: Margaret Foster, widow and 
relict of Thomas Foster, now moves to this Court that dist. be made of 
the estate of the deceased according to the last will, whereupon this Court 
appoint James Ward, Ephraim Adkins and John Bacon to set out to the 
sd. widow what is given to her in the sd. will, and make return thereof 
to this Court. 



Page 302-3. 

Fox, Joseph, Glastonbury. Invt. £530-15-07. Taken 6 July, 1733, 
by N. Talcott and Abraham Fox. 

Court Record, Page 97 — 4 September, 1733 : Adms. to Esther Fox, 
widow. 

Page 87 (Vol. XIII) 20 April, 1741 : John Fox, a minor, age 15 
years, son of Joseph Fox, chose Thomas Sparks of Glastonbury to be his 
guardian. 

Page 51 (Vol. XIV) 11 December, 1744: Noah Fox, a minor, age 
15 years, son of Joseph Fox, chose Hosea Fox of Glastonbury to be his 
guardian. Recog., £200. 

Page 21 (Vol. XV) 5 August, 1746: Samuel Fox, a minor, 15 years 
of age, chose Thomas Sparks of sd. Glastonbury to be his guardian. 
Recog., £500. 

Page 39 — 2 June, 1747: Joseph Fox, age 14 years, chose Thaddeus 
Welles of Glastonbury to be his guardian. Recog., £500. 

Page 95 — 1st Tuesday in April, 1749: An account of Adms. was 
now exhibited in Court by Esther Fox, Adms., which account is accepted. 
The Court order the estate distributed : To Esther Fox, widow, her thirds 
of moveable estate ; to Hosea Fox, the eldest son, his double part in the 
real estate ; to John, Noah, Samuel and Joseph Fox, the rest of the sons, 
to Esther Fox and Beriah Fox alias Risley, daughters, to each of them 
their single portions of sd. estate. And appoint Col. Thomas Welles, 
Capt. Jonathan Hale and Elizur Talcott of Glastonbury, distributors. And 
also order the distributors to set out to the sd. widow her right of dowry 
of the real estate, viz., 1-3 of the buildings and lands. 

Page 112 — 5 December, 1749: Report of the distributors. 



Page 98-I75- 

Fuller, Edward, Colchester. Invt. £124-18-00. Taken 25 January, 
1 73 1, by Ensign Samuel Waters of Hebron and Nathaniel Foot of Col- 
chester. 



1729 TO 1732. PROBATE RECORDS. S* 

Court Record, Page 39 — 2 March, 1730-31 : Invt. exhibited by Eliza- 
beth Fuller, the widow ; the estate insolvent. And the Court order £22- 
10-00 to be set out as necessaries to the widow. 

Page 64 — 17 January, 1731-2: Adms. account accepted. 



Page 161. 

Garret, Francis, Simsbury. Invt. £179-17-07. Taken 26 August, 
1 73 1, by Joseph Case, Samuel Pettebone and Michael Humphrey. He 
died 24 June, 1731. Will dated 23 June, 1731. 

I, Francis Garret of Simsbury, do make this my last will and testa- 
ment: I give to my wife, Sarah, 1-3 of my lands during life and 1-3 part 
of my moveable estate forever. I give to my two sons, John and Francis 
(and if the child to be born is a son, to him also), to all of them, all my 
lands in Simsbury, in equal shares. I give to my daughters, Sarah and 
Susannah (and to the child that is to be born, if a daughter), to each of 
them, in money £5. If my wife Sarah should be put to difficulties either 
to pay my debts (my moveables not being sufficient) or to support the 
children, she may sell my house and lands in Simsbury to defray the 
charges thereof at the discretion and advice of the Judge of Probate for 
the County of Hartford, who is humbly desired to see that what is left 
might be reserved for my heirs after the reasonable allowances as above 
said. I constitute my wife sole executrix. 

Witness : AbraJtam Sydervelt, Francis X Garret, ls. 

Samuel Pettihone, 2nd., Michael Humphrey. 

Court Record, Page 60 — ist February, 1731-2: Will and invt. ex- 
hibited and proven by Sarah Garrett, widow. 

Page I (Vol. XV) 3 December, 1745 : Francis Garrett, a minor, 16 
years of age, son of Francis Garrett of Simsbury, made choice of his 
father-in-law Joseph Woodford of sd. Farmington to be his guardian. 
Recog., £400. Cert: Asahell Strong, J. P. 

Page 8 — 4 February, 1745-6: John Garrett, 19 years of age, did on 
this day, with the consent of his mother, Sarah Woodford, formerly 
Sarah Garrett, who was guardian to sd. minor, make choice of William 
Woodford to be his guardian. Recog., £500. 



Page 273. 

Gilham, Jeams, Hebron. Invt. (personal estate), £22-16-10. Taken 
2 June, 1732, by Jonathan White and Samuel Curtice. 

Court Record, Page 69 — 5 June, 1732: Adms. to Rev. John Bliss of 
Hebron, who gave bond with Samuel Rowley. Exhibit of inventory. 

Page 88 — 10 April, 1733 : The estate represented insolvent. Samuel 
Curtice and Stephen Post appointed commissioners to examine claims. 



SZ PROBATE RECORDS. VOL. XI, 

Page 278. 

Gill, Joshua, Middletown. Invt. £376-10-08. Taken 25 May, 1733, 
by Nathaniel White and John Gains. 

The 26th day of April, 1733, I, Joshua Gill of Middletown, in ye 
County of Hartford, do make this my last will and testament: Imprimis. 
I give to my wife Ann all that part of the moveable estate which she 
brought with her, or the value of it, and likewise 3-4 of the remainder of 
all my moveable estate. This I give to my wife and her heirs forever. 
And further, I give to my wife the use of my dwelling house and land or 
the land adjoining thereto down to the Pond, and all my other improved 
lands except 1-3 part of my mowing land which lyeth within Pecowsit 
Field. This I give to my wife so long as she lives a widow bearing my 
name. My will is that my executors shall sell that piece of land which 
I have now lying in the Half-Mile Lott on the east side of the Great 
River, adjoining to Lt. Savage and John Hale's land, as soon as may be, 
and the effects of it to be laid out in building a little house, or repairing 
the house I now live in, for the comfort of my wife if she think needful, 
and she to have the use of it so long as she remains a widow. Further, I 
give to my wife £5 money yearly, to be paid to her, so long as she lives a 
widow, by my executor, and lands to be sold as is needful to provide the 
sd. £5 yearly. I give to my brother Richard Gill, after my wife has had 
her part of my moveable estate, the remaining part. This I give to my 
brother Richard and his heirs forever. And further, I give to my brother 
Richard the use of 1-3 part of all my mowing land lying within Pecowsit 
Field, so long as my wife lives. I give to my two brothers, Richard Gill 
and Ebenezer Gill, after my wife's decease or marriage, what then remains 
of my buildings or lands, howsoever it may be butted and bound, I give 
the whole of it to be divided, my brother Richard 2-3 of it, and to my 
brother Ebenezer the remaining third. This I give to my 2 brothers, 
Richard and Ebenezer, and their heirs forever. And I make Deacon 
Joseph White and my brother Ebenezer Gill to be executors. 

Witness : Jonathan Smith, Joshua Gill, ls. 

Joseph White, Francis Smith. 

Court Record, Page 83 — 3 July, 1733: Will exhibited and proven. 



Page 164-185. 



Gillett, Aaron, Colchester. Invt. £1171-16-01. Taken 2 January, 
1 73 1 -2, by John Skinner, William Worthington and John Bulkeley, Jr. 

Court Record, Page 33 — 5 January, 1730-31 : Adms. to Hannah Gil- 
lett, widow. 

Page 62 — 7 March, 173 1-2: The Adms. shows this Court that there 
is not sufficient moveables to pay the debts. Then was set out to her 
£13-13-10 (for) necessaries to keep house. 

Page 66 — 2 May, 1732: Adms. account accepted. 



1729 TO 1732. PROBATE RECORDS. 53 

Page 92 — 5 June, 1733 : Upon motion of Hannah Gillett and Jonathan 
Gillett, liberty is given to sell lands to the value of ^723-04-00, with direc- 
tions for advertising the sale. 

Page I (Probate Side) : Know all men by these presents: That we, 
Lemuel Stores and Hannah Stores, both of Colchester, in the County 
of Hartford and Colony of Connecticut, (which sd. Hannah was the 
daughter and only heir of Aaron Gillett, late of Colchester deceased), 
have received of our honoured mother, Mrs. Hannah Chamberlin of sd. 
Colchester, administratrix on the estate of the sd. Aaron Gillett, all the 
estate of the sd. deceased that did belong to the sd. Hannah Stores or 
that ought to be set out to her, with all the rents and profits of sd. estate, 
whether arising out of the real or personal estate, to our full content and 
satisfaction. And we do therefore hereby, for ourselves, our heirs, ex- 
ecutors and administrators, forever acquit, exonerate and discharge our 
father, Mr. Joseph Chamberlin, and his wife, the sd. Adms., and all other 
persons concerned with or for the sd. Adms. in the management of that 
affair, from any claim, challenge or demand to be made by us or our heirs 
for any part of the estate abovesd. more than what we have reed, as above 
said, and do hereby ratify, confirm and establish any disposition or con- 
veyance or conveyances that have been made by the sd. Adms. of the sd. 
Aaron Gillett's lands pursuant to ye trust reposed in her. And for con- 
firmation of what is above written they have hereunto set their hands 
and seals, the i8th day of October, 1749. 

Signed and sealed Dc. in presence of Lemuel Stores, ls. 

Jno. Bulkeley, Hannah Stores, ls. 

Alexr. Clark. 

Colchester, October i8th, 1749: Personally appeared Lem- 
uel Stores and Hannah his wife, and acknowledged this 
instrument to be their free act and deed. 

Coram : John Bulkeley, Assistant. 
Received Febry. 
7th, A. D. 1749-50, and recorded 
at length by me. Jos: Talcott, Probate Clerk. 



Inventory on File. 



Gillett, Elias, Windsor. Invt. i 18-05-00. Taken 13 March, 173 1-2, 
by Jacob Drake and Daniel Loomis. 

Court Record, Page 61 — 29 February, 1731-2: Adms. granted to 
William Kelsey of Hartford, and the sd. Adms. informed this Court that 
the estate is insolvent, as he supposeth. This Court order him to make 
further inquiry and report to this Court ist April next. 



Page 222. 

Gilman, Solomon, Hartford. Died 8 August, 1732. Inventory taken 
3 September, 1732, by Roger Pitkin, Gabriel Williams and John Goodwin. 



$4, PROBATE RECORDS. VOL. XI, 

The last will and testament of me, Solomon Oilman, of Hartford : I 
give to my wife Hannah the use of 1-2 part of my upland lott on the 
west side of the highway, viz., 1-2 the orchard, 1-2 the plowing land to the 
tneadow, the use of i 1-2 acres of grass land in the meadow lott next to the 
abovesd. upland (in what part she shall see cause to take it), and the use 
of 1-3 part of my clear land on the east side of the highway, together with 
one lower room and one chamber in my dwelling house (which she shall 
choose), with what part of the cellar she shall need, to be for her use dur- 
ing life, and the use of 1-4 part of my barn. I also give her 1-3 part of my 
household stuff, except the bedding, and then I give her one bed (which 
she shall choose), with the furniture belonging thereto, and one cowe, to 
be for her use and intirely at her dispose forever. I give to my son John 
the remaining part of my upland lott lying west of the highway, and my 
meadow lott lying next to that ; and, after my wife's decease, that part of 
sd. land on the west side of the highway which she improves, with the 
buildings and fruit trees thereon, and the improvement of 3 acres of land 
in my upper meadow lott, bought of William Mann and Joseph Barnard, 
during the term of 10 years. And after 10 acres are measured off my 
lott on the east side of the highway next to the street, I give him 1-2 of 
the remaining part of the sd. lott so far eastward as a brook or run of 
water which comes out of Morton's meadow. Also, I give him a gunn 
and a colt which he has used. I give to my son Solomon that piece of 
land voted to me by the Proprietors of the Five Miles in Hartford, the 
improvement of 1-3 part of what remains after my son John's three acres 
are set out of my upper meadow lott, for the term of 10 years. And if it 
should so happen that my son Solomon should not hold the sd. piece of 
land granted me by the Proprietors above mentioned, then I give him 
1-2 part of my land eastward of the Long Plaine Brook to the east end of 
my lott. Likewise, I give him a colt, a gunn and two steel traps which 
he has improved, to him and his heirs forever. I give to my son Josiah 
1-2 part of my land lying east of the brook that comes out of Morton's 
meadow. And if my son Solomon holds the above-mentioned piece of 
land granted me by sd. Proprietors, then my will is that my sd. son Josiah 
in joy the whole of my land from sd. brook that comes out of Morton's 
meadow to the east end of my lott, to be and remain to him and his heirs 
forever. Likewise, I give him the improvement of 1-3 part of my upper 
meadow lott, John's three acres excepted, for the term of 10 years. I 
give to my son Daniel 10 acres of land on the east side of the highway 
and butting west thereon, and the remaining half-part of my land as far 
eastward as the brook that comes out of Morton's meadow, and the im- 
provement of the remaining 1-3 part of the upper meadow lott during the 
term of 10 years ; and after the expiration of the term of 10 years, my 
will is that the whole of the upper meadow lott be equally divided be- 
tween my son John and my son Daniel, and so to remain to them and 
their heirs forever. I give to my daughter Hannah, besides what she has 
already received, 20 shillings. To my daughter Mary, 20 shillings. To 
my daughter Mabell and my daughter Sarah, £30 to each of them. I 



1729 TO 1732. PROBATE RECORDS. 55 

ordain that my wife Hannah and son John and my brother Richard Gil- 
man be the executors. Solomon Oilman, ls. 

Witness : William Pitkin, 
Daniel Williams, John Coult. 

Court Record, Page 74 — 3 October, 1732: Will and invt. exhibited. 

Page 39 (Vol. XII) 3 February, 1735-6: Josiah Oilman, a minor, 
16 years of age, son of Solomon Oilman, chose his brother John Oilman 
to be his guardian. Recog., iioo. 

Page 54 — ist February, 1736-7: Daniel Oilman, age 14 years, son 
of Solomon Oilman, also made choice of his brother John Oilman to be 
his guardian, Recog., iioo. 



Page 69. 

Goodman, Richard, Hartford. Invt. £137-07-08. Taken 11 June, 
1730, by Aaron Cooke, Obadiah Spencer and John Sheldon. 

Court Record, Page 25 — 7 July, 1730: Adms. to Richard Ooodman, 
son of the deceased. Exhibit of inventory. 

Dist. File: 4 April, 1757: To Richard Ooodman, eldest son; to Timo- 
thy Ooodman, to Benjamin Burr in right of his wife Mary Ooodman, to 
Daniel Ensign in right of his wife Abigail Ooodman. By Timothy 
Phelps and Hezekiah Marsh. 



Invt. in Vol. XII, Page 388-9. 

Goodrich, Hezekiah, Wethersfield. Invt. £1643-11-01. Taken 4 
September, 1732, by Nathaniel Burnham, Martin Kellogg and Joseph 
Woodhouse. 

Court Record, Page 68 — 20 May, 1732: Adms. granted to Honour 
Goodrich, widow, and Eleazer Goodrich and David Deming of Wethers- 
field. Recog., £400, with Ozias Goodwin of Hartford. 

Page 43 (Vol. XII) 6 April, 1736: Inventory exhibited by Honour 
Goodrich, widow, and David Deming, Adms. 

An agreement, made this 23 day of August, 1753, by and between 
Honor Perrin, of Wethersfield, who was sometime the wife of Mr. Heze- 
kiah Goodrich, deceased, on the one part; Elizur Goodrich, Jun., of said 
Wethersfield, who is the only son of the said Hezekiah Goodrich, de- 
ceased, on the second part; and Charles Whiting, of Norwich, in the 
County of New London, and Honor his wife (which sd. last named 
Honor is the only daughter of the sd. deceased), on the third and last 
part, is as followeth, vizt. : That the sd. Honor Perrin shall have and 
hold during her natural life, as her right of dower in and of the real es- 
tate of said Hezekiah Goodrich deceased, one full third part thereof, to 
be set out to her on her request in severalty, and one-third part of per- 
sonal estate of sd. deceased after the debts are paid and satisfied, to be 



56 PROBATE RECORDS. VOL. XI, 

her own forever. That the said Elizur Goodrich, Jun., shall have and 
hold two-third parts of all the said estate, both real and personal (ex- 
cepting only the right of dower of the sd. Honor Perrin, as before men- 
tioned), to be to him and to his heirs and assigns forever. That the said 
Charles Whiting and Honor his wife, in right of the said wife, shall 
have and hold one-third part of the estate (excepting the right of dower 
as aforesaid), to be to the said Honor, the wife of the said Charles Whit- 
ing, and to her heirs and assigns forever. In witness and confirmation of 
the foregoing agreement, the parties have hereunto set their hands and 
seals. 

Honor Perrin, ls. Charles Whiting, ls. 

Elizur Goodrich, ls. Honor Whiting^ ls. 



Page 130. 

Goodrich, Josiah, Tolland. Invt. £2696-12-03. Taken 9 to 30th 
August, 1 73 1, by Jonathan Delano, John Abbott and Zebulon West. Will 
dated 14 March, 1728-9. 

I, Josiah Goodrich of Tolland, do make this my last will and testa- 
ment: I give unto Sarah, my wife, i6o worth of my household goods, 
such of them as she shall choose, such excepted as was mine before my 
marriage to her. I give to my sd. wife £180 money or bills of public credit, 
and further the use, benefit and interest of the remaining part of my estate 
for one year after my decease, and the use of my building until my eldest 
child comes to be of age, and then two rooms of my house (which she 
shall choose) during the time she shall be my widow, with this exception, 
viz., that my funeral expenses. and such charges for some mark or sign 
whereby it may be known where my body lies, as my sd. wife shall order. 
Nextly, my will is to give the remainder of my estate as follows, viz. : I 
give to my eldest son, Josiah, £225 ; to my son Aaron, £200 ; to my son 
Samuel, £200 ; to my son John, £200. I appoint the Reverend Mr. Stephen 
Steele of Tolland, Mr. Elisha Micks and my brother Elizur Goodrich, of 
Wethersfield, executors. 

Witness : Joseph Baker, Josiah Goodrich, ls. 

John Huntington, Daniel Elsworth. 

Court Record, Page 50 — 3 August, 1731 : Will exhibited and was 
proven 5th October, 1731. 

Page 51 — 7 September, 173 1 : Rev. Stephen Steele is appointed guar- 
dian unto Aaron Goodrich, 12 years of age, son of Josiah Goodrich. 
Recog., £100. 

Page 55 — 5 October, 1731: Elizer Goodrich of Wethersfield to be 
guardian unto Samuel Goodrich, 10 years of age. Recog., £100. And this 
Court appoint Col. John Stoddard of Northampton to be guardian unto 
John Goodrich, age 3 years, and David, age 2 years. Col. Stoddard, 
Martin Kellogg and Elisha Micks of Wethersfield acknowledged them- 
selves joyntly and severally bound in a recog. of £600. 



1729 TO 1732. PROBATE RECORDS. 57 

Page 53 (Vol. XIII) 7 August, 1739: One of the sons of Josiah 
Goodrich, late of Tolland, by his attorney, Joseph Gilbert, Jr., of Hart- 
ford, appeals from the judgement of the Probate Court, in appro veing the 
will of Josiah Goodrich, to the Superior Court. 

Page 5 (Vol. XIV) 22 May, 1742: Capt. Elizur Goodrich, by and 
with the consent of the other executors and heirs to the estate of Josiah 
Goodrich, moves to this Court that distributors may be appointed to make 
division of the estate according to his last will. This Court appoint Capt. 
Samuel Chapman, Zebulon West and Ebenezer Nye, of Tolland, distri- 
butors. 

Distribution: 

We, the subscribers, being appointed by ye Court of Probates in 
ye County of Hartford to make division and partition of ye estate 
of Josiah Goodrich, Esq., late of Tolland, to ye heirs according to his last 
will, have made partition of ye houseing and lands, or real estate, that 
being all that was shown to us to be distributed by ye executors to ye heirs 
of ye said deceased, vist. : 

To Josiah Goodrich, eldest son, ten acres of land that was of his 
father's homestead. Also, one farm of 204 acres, lying southward of 
the meeting house, abutting partly on ye Rev. Mr. Steele's land, on 
Ephraim Grant's land, and on ye heirs of Barnabas Hinsdale. Also, ten 
acres purchased of Samuel Benton ; value, £450. 

To Aaron Goodrich, second son, 133 acres of land lying on Willi- 
mantic River, a part bought of John Yeomans deed., abuts south on a 
line drawn parallel to ye northward line of Isaac Benton's land; value, 
£400. 

To Samuel Goodrich, third son, sundry pieces of land containing in 
ye whole 262 acres : One piece, 90 acres, lying on the hill east of Shubal 
Sturns, Jun., it being a lot purchased of Samuel Benton; also, 41 acres 
commonly called Stone House Meadow, abuts on Samuel West's land; 
also, 40 acres that abuts on Daniel Cook's land ; also, 27 acres lying on 
Skungamug River, both sides, abuts on Daniel Cook, Doct. Bernard, Mr. 
Steele and Hez : Loomis. Also, four acres that was purchased of Joseph 
Rice, at a place called Rice's Neck; also, 17 acres (it being a part of the 
farm purchased of John Yeomans), abuts south on Isaac Benton's land, 
east on Willimantick River ; also, 43 acres, abuts on land of Tho : Eaton 
and Joseph Baker ; the whole in value £400. 

To John Goodrich, fourth son, the remaining part of ye homestead 
or farm of land, excepting half an acre (further described in David's 
part), with the buildings, together with the tradeing shop that stands 
joyning to ye northwest corner of sd. dwelling house, wee say the said 
remaining part of ye homestead excepting ye said dwelling house and 
half acre aforesaid, to ye said John; in value, £400. 

To David Goodrich, youngest son, half an acre of land at ye north- 
west corner of ye homestead, 14 rods in length north and south, and six 
rods in width east and west, abutting north on Mr. Steele's land, together 



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with the dwelhng house and appurtenances (except the shop) ; in value, 

£400. 

The foreg-oing division was made by . Samuel Chapman, 
4 June, 1742. Ebenezer Nye, 

Accepted in Court, 4 January, 1742-3, Zebulon West. 

and ordered to be kept on file. Test: Jos: Talcott, Clerk. 



Page 318. 

Goodwin, William, Hartford. Invt. (personal estate)., £94-06-08. 
Taken 3rd November, 1733, by John Marsh and John Pratt. Will dated 
1st March, 1727-8. 

I, William Goodwin of Hartford, do make this my last will and 
testament: I give to my wife her thirds. I give to my son William 
Goodwin all my estate, both personal and real, to be to him and his heirs 
forever, excepting only what I shall hereafter order him to pay to his 
sisters. I give to my daughters, Sarah, Mary, Rebeckah, Violet and Su- 
sannah, £20 apiece, to be paid them by my son William, my executor, out 
of my estate at an inventory price. And my will is that if my two daugh- 
ters, Violet and Susannah, shall live a single life unmarried, that they shall 
have a liberty to dwell in my dwelling house, either by themselves or with 
their brother, as they can agree. And my will is that Violet shall have 
10 shillings a year paid her by my son William, or the use of one acre of 
land in the south meadow, during her being unmarried. And my will is 
that what my daughters have had already of me, or what they shall have 
of me before my decease, shall be part of their £20. And I make my son 
William Goodwin my executor. 

Witness : John Pitkin, William Goodwin, ls. 

Joseph Pitkin, Mary Pitkin. 

Hartford, July the 23rd, Anno Dom. 1733 : I, William Goodwin, do 
now make a schedule, addition or codicil to this my last will, in which 
I did make my son William Goodwin my executor, and did in sd. will 
order him to pay some legacies, as in sd. will reference thereto being had 
will appear. And now do further add and will that my two daughters that 
now live with me, viz., Violet Goodwin and Susannah Goodwin, shall 
have liberty to live in and have what use and improvement of the east 
end of my dwelling house, as also my cellar, as they shall have occasion 
for, so as not at all to hinder my wife, son William or any of his family 
of their necessary use of the ovens or cellar as they shall have occasion. 
Further, my will is that my sd. daughters shall have the use of my well 
and liberty to improve part of my land in my garden as may be needful 
and convenient for their use for a garden. And the foregoing I give the 
use of during the time they or either of them continue single or not mar- 
ried. And in respect to any difference that may or shall happen to arise 
between my children as to the use or improvement abovesd., I desire my 



1729 TO 1732. PROBATE RECORDS. 59 

loveing friends, Ensign James Church and Mr. John Edwards, to advise 
and determine between my children. I do also further will that my execu- 
tor do pay out of my estate the following legacies : To my daughter Violet 
Goodwin, £50 ; and to my daughter Susannah Goodwin, £40, besides what 
I have given them in my aforesd. will. And this I give them and their 
heirs forever. 

Witness: Joseph Talcott, William Goodwin, ls. 

Jeames Church. 

Court Record, Page 99 — 6 November, 1733: Will, with codicil, ex- 
hibited. 



Goslin, Mary. Court Record, Page 27 — 2 September, 1732: Adms. 
granted to Mary Goslin, daughter of the deed. 

Page 28 — 6 October, 1732: Mary Goslin, Adms., exhibits an account 
of her Adms., which this Court accepts. 



Green, Sophia. Court Record, Page 57 — 17 December, 1731: So- 
phia Green, a minor, 14 years of age, whose father is deceased, chose 
Thomas Marks of Middletown to be her guardian. Recog., £50. 



Page 102-3. 

Griswold, Michael, 2nd, Wethersfield. Died 20 April, 1731. Invt. 
£919-06-04. Taken 11 May, 1731, by Michael Griswold, Nathaniel Burn- 
ham and Jacob Griswold. Will dated 2nd April, 1731. 

I, Michael Griswold, 2nd, of Wethersfield, do make this my last will 
and testament: I give unto my son Benjamin Griswold my homestead, 
about II acres of land, with the house and barn and orchard thereon 
standing, except the improvement of 1-2 of sd. lands, buildings and or- 
chard, which I reserve to my wife Mary during her widowhood ; also 
except the blacksmith shop and tooles thereof, and the ground which sd. 
shop covers, which I reserve for my son Michael during the time he shall 
see cause to uphold and work in sd. shop, and no longer ; and also one 
acre of land across the highway near sd. homestead, which I purchased of 
my brother Samuel Griswold, and lying next to the homelott of George 
Northway, excepting the use of sd. acre which I reserve for my wife 
during her widowhood ; and also 2 acres of land lying in the Great 
Meadow in Wethersfield, which I purchased of Eliphalet Dickinson ; he, 
said Benjamin, paying upon my decease to my daughter Prudence the 
sum of £20 money or equivalent thereto. I give to my son William Gris- 
wold 1-2 of my lott at Newington and lying on the north side of sd. lott 
there, and my desire is that my sd. wife, upon my decease, do by deed of 
gift convey to sd. William the 1-2 of my lott that I hold in her right at 
Besitt Plaine, viz., the north side of sd. lott ; but in case my sd. wife shall 



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neglect or refuse to convey sd. half of sd. Besitt Plaine, then my will is 
that she pay to the sd. William out of my moveable estate what the sd. 
land shall be valued at upon my decease. I give to my son Michael Gris- 
wold the other half of my lott at Newington, lying on the south side of sd. 
lott, and my smith shop and tooles, and also the use of the ground it 
covers, while he the sd. Michael shall uphold and ijse the same, and also 
my paceing mare. I give to my son Phineas Griswold i 1-2 acres of land 
lying across the way, purchased of my brother Samuel Griswold, being 
part of the homelott of my honoured father Thomas Griswold, except- 
ing 1-3 part of the yearly produce, which I reserved to the use of my sd. 
father during his natural life; and also 1-2 of the house and land now 
standing on sd, lott and to be divided between sd. Phineas and Ensign 
Michael Griswold upon the decease of my sd. father; and also my 
windmill lot. I give to my daughter Prudence i20 money and also a 
heifer and calf, which, with what she hath had, is all her portion. I give 
to my daughter Kezia the 1-2 of my Besitt Plaine lott, on the east side of 
sd. lott, and 5 roods of land in the Great Plaine, concerning which lands 
my will or desire is that my sd. wife (upon my decease) do convey sd. 
half of sd. Besitt Plaine lott and sd. 5 roods in the sd. Plaine to Kezia 
by deed of gift. I give to my wife Mary the improvement of the 1-2 of 
my house and orchard and homelott whereon they stand, and also the 
improvement of i acre lying across the way next the homelott of George 
Northway, during the time she shall continue my relict or widow ; and 
also all my part of the team and all the tackling thereon, and husbandry 
implements, and all other my moveable estate ; also 2 cowes and all my 
sheep and family provisions and winter corne on ye ground, I give to my 
wife and my son Benjamin for the payment of my just debts and sup- 
port of my family as need shall require. I appoint my wife and my son 
Benjamin Griswold to be my executors. 

Witness : Nathaniel Burnham, Michael Griswold, 2nd, ls. 

Michael Griswold, Nathaniel Griswold. 

Court Record, Page 44-6 — 4 May, 1731 : Will and invt. exhibited and 
proven. 

Page 272. 

Griswold, Shubael, Windsor. Inventory taken by Nathaniel Pinney, 
Joseph Barnard and Nathaniel Pinney, Jr. 

Court Record, Page 88 — 13 April, 1733 : Adnis. to Phebe Griswold, 
widow, who, with her brother Joseph Cornish, of Simsbury, gave bond 
and exhibited inventory. 

Page 30 (Vol. XV) 6 January, 1746-7: Shubael Griswold, a minor, 
age 17 years, son of Shubael Griswold, late of Windsor deceased, chose 
John Phelps the 2nd of sd. Windsor to be his guardian. Recog., £600. 



Page 332. 

Griswold, William, Wethersfield. Invt. £154-09-00. Taken ist 
March, 1733-4, by Michael Griswold and John Robbins, 



1729 TO 1732. PROBATE RECORDS. 6l 

Court Record, Page 83 — 22 February, 1732-3: Adms. to Benjamin 
Griswold of Wethersfield, who gave bond with Daniel Robbins and Elisha 
Griswold. 

Page 91 — 5 June, 1733 : Exhibit of inventory. 



Page 255-279. 



Hamlin, John, Esq., Middletown. Invt. £571-03-00. Taken 14 
June, 1733, by John Collins, Solomon Adkins and Jeames Ward; also 
Nathaniel White, Ebenezer Hurlbut and Joseph White. Will dated 2i 
October, 1732. 

I, John Hamlin, Esq., of Middletown, do make this my last will and 
testament: I give to my wife, Sarah Hamlin, if she survive me and see 
cause to dwell in my house, she shall be comfortably maintained. If she 
see cause to remove to her own children, she shall be paid £$ money 
annually for seven years or so long as she bears my name. I give to my 
wife a guinea which lieth in my secretore, which is in consideration of 
the great trouble she hath in my present sickness, and also a suitable 
mourning suit. And the reason why I have given her no more interest in 
my estate is because before our marriage I proposed to her that I would 
renounce all property in or use of any estate belonging to her, but that it 
should be wholly to her and her heirs ; and that she should wholly re- 
nounce all property in or right to my estate after my decease, but that it 
should be disposed of to my heirs, unto which proposalls I suppose she 
consented, and accordingly have performed them on my part. I give to 
John Hamlin's children in this form following: my grandson Giles 
Hamlin shall have the house and homestead, and my three granddaugh- 
ters, Mehetabell, Elizabeth and Mary, to each of them i6o. My will is 
that my granddaughter Mehetabell shall have 14 acres which her hus- 
band hath fenced in on my farm, in lieu of her £60. My will is that my 
granddaughter Mary shall have an equal half share with my four chil- 
dren, Esther, Mary, Sibbell and Jabez, in the division of my moveable 
estate, and that what wants to make up her £60 to be paid by her brother 
Giles, when he comes of age, to my granddaughter Mary King. 

N. B. : My sister Mehetabell Hooker to have the desk in the shop 
that was my father's. I renounce to my daughter Johnson any former 
debt that stands upon the book against her. I give to our pastor, Rev. 
William Russell, £5 ; and to the Church £5. I give to my grandsons, 
Hamlin John Hall, Hamlin Blake and Hamlin Johnson, to each of them 
an ewe sheep. I give to my grandson John Hamlin my seal ring when 
he comes of age. I give to my daughter Sibbell Dwight mv silver salt 
cellar, and to my granddaughter Esther Hall my two-handled silver cup ; 
to my granddaughter Sibell Dwight my silver porringer and silver dram 
cup. I ordain my son Jabez Hamlin sole executor. 
Witness: John Rockwell, John Hamlin, ls. 
IVetmore, William Rockwell. 

Court Record, Page 81 — 6 February, 1732-3 : Will proven. 



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Hamlin, Nathaniel, Middletown. Invt. £1224-09-09. Taken 18 
November, 1731, by John Collins, Joseph Rockwell and William Whit- 
more. Finished 3 April, 1732, Exhibited in Court 6 June, 1732. 

Court Record, Page 71 — 6 June, 1732: Adms. granted to Sarah 
Hamlin, widow. 

Page 10 (Vol. XIII) 7 June, 1737: This Court appoint Richard 
Hamlin of Middletown to be guardian to William Hamlin, a minor, 12 
years of age, and Harris Hamlin, aged about 5 years, sons of Nathaniel 
Hamlin, the mother of sd. minor consenting thereunto. Recog., £200. 
An account of Adms. on Nathaniel Hamlin's estate was exhibited in 
Court by Sarah Hamlin, the relict of sd. deed., alias Sarah Bacor, and 
Nathaniel Bacor, now husband to the sd. relict, by which account it ap- 
pears they have paid in debts and charges, with what is allowed the widow 
for bringing up her children, the sum of £94-18-04, which account is 
accepted by the Court. This Court do appoint Nathaniel Bacor to be 
guardian to Sarah Hamlin, a minor, aged 9 years, daughter of Nathaniel 
Hamlin. Recog., £150. 

Page 25 (Vol. XIV) 7 June, 1743 : Nathaniel Bacon, in right of his 
wife, who was the relict of Nathaniel Hamlin, late of Middletown, moved 
to this Court that her right of dower may be set out to her in the estate 
of the sd. deceased: Whereupon this Court appoint Nathaniel Gilbert, 
William Rockwell and Joseph Wright, of Middletown, to set out her 
rights of dower, viz., 1-3 part of the buildings and lands, by bounds. 

Page 27 — 5 July, 1743 : Return of the setting out of the widow's 
dowry. Accepted. 



Page 281. 

Hamlin, William, Middletown. Inventory (probably none taken). 
Will dated 16 May, 1733. 

I, William Hamlin of Middletown, do make this my last will and 
testament : Imprimis. I give to my son Richard Hamlin what I have 
given him by deed of gift already. I give to my son Nathaniel Hamlin's 
heirs what I gave their father by deed of gift in his lifetime. I give to my 
son Edward Hamlin what I have given him by deed of gift already, and 
also to run eastward up to ye top of Stony Hill, so called, the breadth of 
his own land, and ye land I give to Daniel and Esther Hurlbut. I give to 
.my son Charles Hamlin my homelott with the buildings and fences upon 
it, and also my pasture lying between Capt. Hall's and Jabez Hamlin's 
land. Also I give to my sd. son Charles all my long meadow and long 
meadow swamp. Also I give him my little meadow by the bridge on this 
side the Ferry River. Also my boggy meadow called Sansor's Point. 
Also I give him all the rest of my estate not disposed of in this my will, 
obliging him to pay all my just debts, funeral charges and legacies. I 
give to my daughter Susannah what household stufif and land I have given 
her, and also the equal half of my pasture in the northwest part of the 
Town Plat. Also I give her my dun mare. I give to my daughter Esther 
what household stuff and lands I have given her, and also the equal half 



,1729 TO 1732. PROBATE RECORDS. 6$ 

of my pasture in the northwest part of the Town Plat. I give to my 
grandson Timothy Cornwall all my interest in the pond on the east side 
the Great River; but if he should dye before he comes to inherit it, my 
will is that his sister Rebeckah Cornwall shall have it. I give to each of 
my grandsons a £10 right of my right of the interest in the common and 
undivided lands in Middletown. I give to my respective friends, the 
Rev. Mr. William Russell and Jabez Hamlin, to each of them £5 money, 
and desire them to be overseers and to assist my executor. I appoint my 
son Charles Hamlin sole executor. 

Witness : John Collins, William Hamlin, ls. 

James Ward, Jr., Thomas Hurlbut. 

Court Record, Page 92 — 5 June, 1733 : Will proven. 



Page 304. 

Hart, Stephen, Sen., Farmington. Invt. £939-04-00. Taken 27 
September, 1733, by Isaac Cowles, John Hart and John Newell, Will 
dated 3 September, 1728. 

I, Stephen Hart, Sen., of Farmington, do make this my last will and 
testament: I give unto Sarah Hart, my wife, the use and improvement 
of 1-2 of my now dwelling house and barn, and the use and improvement 
of 1-3 part of all my improved lands during the time of her life, and 1-2 
part of my household goods to dispose of among my own children at her 
own discretion, and one cow. I give unto my sons, Timothy and Daniel 
Hart, all my houseing and lands, divided and undivided, to be equally 
divided between them, and husbandry tooles, with their arms and am- 
munition, and tools for the making of wheels. And further, I give unto 
my daughters, Sarah, Anne and Abigail, as followeth: Abigail to have 
£50 at her marriage if it happens so to be, or at my decease, to be paid by 
my executors. And the other half of my household goods not given to 
be equally divided betwixt all my three daughters above named. Further, 
I do constitute my wife Sarah Hart and my son Timothy Hart my sole 
executors. 

Witness : Isaac Cowles, Sen., Stephen X Hart, ls. 

Robert Porter, Solomon Whitman. 

Court Record, Page 97 — 29 June, 1733: Will and invt. exhibited 
and approved. 



Hawley (Harley), Robert. Court Record, Page 98 — 2 October, 
1733: Robert Hawley, formerly of Boston, now of Bolton, a minor, 16 
years of age, chose Gideon Post of Bolton to be his guardian. Recog., 
£100. 



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Page 284. 

Hills, Benjamin, Hartford. Invt. £243-10-08. Taken 30 March, 
1733, by Nathaniel Fitch, Daniel Dickinson and John Benjamin. 

Court Record, Page 93 — 3 July, 1733: Adms. to Elizabeth Hills, 
widow, and Samuel Hills, a brother, who gave bond with John Hills, a 
brother. 

Page 44 (Vol. XH) 13 April, 1736: This Court appoint Samuel 
Hills to be guardian to two of the children of Benjamin Hills deed., viz., 
Oliver, age 7 years, and John, 5 years, their mother desiring the same. 

Page 6 (Vol. XV) 4 March, 1746: An account of Adms. was now 
exhibited in Court by Elizabeth Hills and Samuel Hills, Adms. Accepted. 

Page 8 — 4 February, 1745-6: John Hills, a minor, 16 years of age, 
son of Benjamin Hills, chose Joseph Cowles of Hartford to be his guar- 
dian. Recog., i200. Oliver Hills, now 18 years of age, also made choice 
of the sd. Joseph Cowles to be his guardian. Recog., £200. Cert : Ozias 
Pitkin, J. P. 



Page 177. 

Holcomb, Rebeckah, Simsbury. Will dated 14th Aprill, 1731. 

I, Rebeckah Holcomb of Symsbury, in Hartford County, do give 
unto my daughter Rebeckah Holcomb all my moveable estate, after my 
decease, that was given to me by my husband Thomas Holcomb by his 
last will, to her and to her heirs forever. My daughter Rebeckah to be 
my executrix. 

Witness : Joshua Holcomb, Rebeckah X Holcomb, ls. 

Ruth GriMn, Consider Holcomb. 

Court Record, Page 66 — 2 May, 1732: Will exhibited and proven. 



Page 104-5-6. 



Holcomb, Capt. Thomas, Simsbury. Died 5 March, 1731. Invt. 
£869-03-07. Taken 7 April, 1731, by Benjamin Addams, Joshua Hol- 
comb and Nathaniel Higley. Will dated 13 May, 1729. 

I, Thomas Holcomb of Simsbury, in the County of Hartford, do 
make this my last will and testament: I give to my wife, Rebeckah, 1-3 
part of my moveable estate, to her and her dispose forever, my two guns 
only excepted. Also, I give her the improvement of the 1-3 part of all 
my improveable land during all the time she remains my widow, and also 
the improvement of 1-2 of my dwelling house, both lower and upper 
rooms, and cellar. I give to my eldest son, Thomas Holcomb, 6 acres of 
land lying on the north end of that land I bought of Bissell, west of that 
I have already given him, being the north corner of my land. I give unto 
my son Daniel Holcomb 3 acres of land where his house and orchard 
now standeth, and that free from any incumbrance of improvement by my 



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widow. I give unto my five younger sons, viz., Daniel Holcomb, Consider 
Holcomb, Return Holcomb, James Holcomb and Enoch Holcomb, all my 
lands within fence, both meadow and upland, with all the remainder of 
the land I bought of Bissell, with all the land given and measured out to 
me in the last division, and also my lott of land under Popatunock, to 
them in equal shares. I give to my four younger sons, Consider, Return, 
James and Enoch, with my two daughters, Elizabeth and Rebeckah, all 
the lands that shall or may be set out to me, or properly appertaining to 
my estate, my Town division agreed on, to them in equal shares ; but in 
case the Town division shall be nullified and a division be made to the 
proprietors, that then my will is that my two eldest sons, Thomas and 
Daniel, shall have equal, shares with my six other children last named, if 
such a division be made to the proprietors. I give to my sons. Consider 
and James, my dwelling house and barn, with my fourth part of the grist 
mills at the Falls to be to them in equal shares. I give to my two sons, 
Return and Enoch, my two guns. I give to my two daughters, Elizabeth 
and Rebeckah, i20 to each. I appoint my wife Rebeckah and son Daniel 
executors. 

Witness : Nathaniel Higley, Thomas Holcomb, ls. 

John Griff en, Samuel Higley. 

Court Record, Page 44 — 4 May, 1731 : Will and invt. exhibited. 

Page 87 — 22 March, 1732-3 : James Case of Simsbury, guardian to 
James and Enoch Holcomb, moves this Court for a distribution of the 
estate. Capt. Benjamin Addams, Jonathan Holcomb and Daniel Case 
appointed distributors. James Holcomb, 17 years of age, and Enoch Hol- 
comb, 15 years 6 months, sons of Capt. Thomas Holcomb, chose James 
Case of Simsbury to be their guardian. Recog., i200. 

Dist. File: 15 June, 1733: To Thomas, to Daniel, to Consider, to 
Return, to James, to Enoch, to Elizabeth Gross, to Rebeckah Holcomb. 
By Benjamin Addams and Jonathan Holcomb. 



Page 225. 

Holmes, Jonas, Wethersfield. Invt. £583-07-05. Taken 30 May, 
1732, by Jonathan Curtice, Jacob Williams and Daniel Goodrich. 

Court Record, Page 76 — 5 September, 1732: Adms. granted to 
Sarah Holmes, widow, and Benjamin Wright of Wethersfield. William 
Holmes, a minor, age 17 years, son of Jonas Holmes, chose his mother, 
Sarah Holmes, to be his guardian. Recog., i20o. 

Page 5 (Vol. XH) 4 June, 1734: Sarah Holmes now being deceased 
and not having finished her account of Adms., this Court grant letters of 
Adms. unto Richard Holmes of Gilford, son of the deed. 

Page II — ist September, 1734: Richard Holmes, Adms., exhibits an 
account of his Adms., which is accepted. 

Page 13 — 29 October, 1734: Pursuant to an act of the General As- 
sembly, holden at New Haven, directing Benjamin Wright, Adms., to 



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VOL. XI, 



sell SO much of the land of the sd. deceased as will procure the sum of 
£141-18-01 : Whereupon this Court directs the Adms. to make sale of 
the land at Rocky Hill, in Wethersfield bounds, which land bounds north 
on the heirs of Jonathan Ryley deed, and Nathan Robbins, south on 
Daniel Edwards and on the heirs of Jonathan Smith, easterly on a high- 
way, west on a highway leading to Middletown and on Thomas Morton, 
Nathaniel Robbins, Daniel Edwards and Stephen Riley. 

Page 48 — 31 March, 1736: This Court directs Benjamin Wright, 
Adms., to make sale of the dwelling house of the sd. deed, at Wethers- 
field, Rocky Hill, and 2 acres of land adjoining, which land is bounded 
east on the deceased's own land, west on the road leading to Middletown, 
and south on John Church his land, which land is to be sold for defraying 
the sum of £141-18-00 and charges oweing, if he can sell it in two months 
to good advantage ; if not, to report to this Court for further order. 

Page 7 (Vol Xni) 10 May, 1737: Return of sale of land by Ben- 
jamin Wright to Thomas Butler, consisting of 2 acres with house and 
barn, sold for £145-00-00. 



Page 285. 

Hollister, Ephraim, Glastonbury. Invt. £115-10-06. Taken 29 
June, 1733, by Jonathan Hale and Josiah Miller. 

Court Record, Page 93 — 3 July, 1733 : Adms. granted to Elizabeth 
Hollister, widow. Recog. with Josiah Hollister. 

Page 105 — 5 February, 1733-4: Elizabeth Hollister, Adms., exhibited 
an account, and there not being moveables sufficient to pay the debts, this 
Court do set out to the widow the value of £19-02-11 in moveables. 

Page 23 (Vol. XH) 14 March, 1734-5: This Court impower and 
direct Elizabeth Hollister, with Josiah Hollister, to sell so much of the 
lands of the sd. deed, as will procure the sum of £35-08-08 to answer the 
debts due from the estate. 

Page 25 — 14 April, 1735 : Josiah Hollister is appointed guardian to 
Ephraim Hollister, a minor, 10 years and 3 months old, son of Ephraim 
Hollister. 

Page 122 (Vol. XV) 22 March, 1749-50: Hill Hollister, a minor, 19 
years of age, son of Ephraim Hollister, late of Glastonbury, made choice 
of Timothy Porter, Jr., to be his guardian. Recog., £500. 



Page 72. 

Hooker, Samuel, Sen., Farmington. Invt. £1595-19-10. Taken 28 
September, 1730, by John Porter, Isaac Cowles and Daniel Wads worth. 
Will dated 21 July, 1730. 

I, Samuel Hooker, Sen., of Farmingtown, do make this my last will 
and testament : I give to Mehetabell, my wife, 1-2 of my now dwelling 
house and barn, and homelott that my house stands upon, and 1-3 part of 



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all my improveable land in the meadow, during the term of her natural 
life, and to be used and improved by my two sons, Giles and William, for 
her use and comfort. And further, I give all my right in the mill or mills 
in Hartford, on the east side of the Great River, and half my household 
goods, and two cows, to be at her own dispose to give to my own chil- 
dren, and all the silver and plate. I give to my son Samuel all the right 
I have or ought to have in the lott of land that fell to my honoured father, 
called the Blue Hills, lying east from Southington, and 1-4 part of the 
reserved lands within the bounds of Farmingtown that of right belongs to 
me that is not yet laid out, and one large gun that was formerly John 
Cole's, to him and his heirs forever. I give to my son Giles Hooker my 
dwelling house and lott that my house stands upon, and all that lott lying 
upon the east side of the highway, and the barn that stands upon the afore- 
sd. lott of land, except one acre of the land that lyeth next to Ensign 
Samuel Lee his lott, and all the land they lyeth within the place called 
Indian Neck that I have any right unto (except three roods that I pur- 
chased of Clark Carrington), and 38 acres of land at a place called Long 
Swamp. And further, I give one lott of land that was my honoured 
father's, lying within the first division of land west from the Town, or 
the 150 acres that by right will fall to me from Mr. Hezekiah Wyllys, 
which the sd. Giles shall choose, and all the moveable part of my estate 
that is not otherwise disposed of by this will. I give unto my son Thomas 
Hooker 33 acres of land that lyeth in a place called the Dead Swamp, and 
96 acres of land that lyeth west from the Town in a place called the first 
division, and 1-4 part of the sequestered land that of right belongs to me 
in Farmingtown. I give to my son William Hooker one acre of land that 
was formerly Joseph Barns's, lying east from the Town street, from the 
southerly part of the sd. lott next unto Ensign Samuel Lee's house and 
homelott, and 32 acres of land lying at Long Swamp which I had of John 
Porter, and 3 roods of land at a place called Indian Neck that was Clark 
Carrington's. Further, I give unto my two sons, Giles and William 
Hooker, all the remainder of my lands, divided and undivided, that lyeth 
within the Common Field or elsewhere, that is not disposed of, both out- 
lands and ye sequestered, and all that is not before mentioned, to be 
equally divided betwixt them, always provided that the aforenamed Wil- 
liam Hooker pays his equal proportion of debts justly due from me. 
This to the above-named Giles and William Hooker and their heirs for- 
ever. I give unto my daughter Esther Stiles one horse, or horse kind, 
besides that which is given her already. I give unto my daughter 
Mehetabell Hooker so much out of my estate as to make her equal in 
estate with her sister Esther Stiles. I make my wife Mehetabell and my 
son Giles Hooker executors. 

Witness: Isaac Cowles, Sen., Samuel Hooker, ls. 

Daniel Wadsworth, Timothy Porter, Jr. 

Court Record, Page 27 — ist September: Will proven. 
Probate Side, Ante Page One: A receipt, dated 21 May, 1742: Re- 
ceived of my brother Giles Hooker, executor to the estate of my honoured 



68 PROBATE RECORDS. VOL. XI, 

father Samuel Hooker deceased, the full of all debts, dues, legacies or 
demands whatsoever, ariseing or accrueing to me by virtue of the last 
will and testament of my sd. father, or any other ways due, payable or 
belonging to me from sd. estate, and do hereby fully and absolutely ac- 
quit and discharge him the sd. executor and the sd. estate from all and 
every part thereof. 

The above is a true copy of the Pr. Daniel Coitt, 

original receipt. Mabell Coitt. 

Test: Jos: Talcott, Probate Clerk. 



Page 24-5. 

Hoskins, Robert, Sen., Simsbury. Died 8 November, 1729. Invt. 
£510-00-00. Taken 20 November, 1729, by Nathaniel Holcomb, Joseph 
Case and James Hilyer. Will dated 16 April, 1728. 

The last will and testament of Robert Hoskins of Simsbury, in the 
County of Hartford: I give to my wife, Mary, 1-3 part of my moveable 
estate. I give her 3 acres of meadow land in the south end of my meadow, 
called Owen's meadow, to her forever, I give her the 1-2 of my house 
and house lott and orchard and barn, and the priviledge of 1-2 of the 
cellar during her natural life. Also, I give her 1-3 part of all my real 
estate or lands which I have not disposed of by deed, to be and remain 
to her during her natural life. I give to my eldest son Robert Hoskins, 
besides what I have already given him by deed of gift or otherwise, a 
tract of marsh land on the east side of the mountain which I bought of 
Mr. John Moore of Windsor. I give to my son John Hoskins, besides 
what I have heretofore given him by deed of gift or otherwise, the 1-2 of 
my lott in the lower meadow which I had of my father, being in the whole 
20 acres. I give to my son Joseph Hoskins, besides what I have already 
given him by deed of gift or otherwise, all my meadow called Owen's 
meadow, excepting three acres which I have given to my wife. I also 
give him the home lott adjoining on the sd. meadow, on which he hath 
built a barn, and to extend northward as far as the cross fence now stand- 
ing between the old orchard and the young orchard. Also, I give him 
1-2 of a field of improveable lands between Owen's Brook and Bissell's 
Brook on the Plaine. Also, I give him the 1-2 of my 300-acre grant or 
division that lyeth between my house and John Case's. I give to my son 
Daniel Hoskins, besides what I have given him by deed of gift or other- 
wise, the 1-2 of my lott in the lower meadow. Also, I give my son Daniel 
a piece of land of about an acre lying within the meadow fence, to the 
brow of the hill as the fence now standeth, being a young orchard. Also, 
I give him 1-2 of a field of improved land of 12 acres lying between Bis- 
sell's Brook and Owen's Brook. Also, I give him the 1-2 of my 300-acre 
land or division. I also give him 12 acres on Owen's Brook, lying be- 
tween his land which I gave him by deed of gift and land which I gave 
Joseph by deed of gift. I give to my daughter Mary, the wife of Joshua 



1729 TO 1732. PROBATE RECORDS. 69 

Holcomb deed., £40 in money besides what I have already given her. I 
give to my daughter Thankfull, now the wife of Benajah Humphris, £40 
as money besides what I have already given her. All other rights, titles, 
reversions and remainders not heretofore mentioned I give and bequeath 
to my six children, Robert, John, Joseph, Daniel, Mary and Thankfull, 
in equal shares. I appoint my wife Mary Hoskins and Joseph Hoskins, 
my third son, to be executors. 

Witness : William Buell, Robert Hoskins, ls. 

Joell Gillett, Samuel Higley. 

Court Record, Page 9 — 6 January, 1729-30: Will proven. 



Page 178. 

Hosmer, Capt. Thomas, Hartford. Invt. £2954-14-11. Taken 25 
April, 1732, by Joseph Skinner, Isaac Sheldon and John Whiting. Will 
dated 10 January, 173 1-2. 

I, Thomas Hosmer of Hartford, do make this my last will and testa- 
ment: I give unto my wife, Anne Hosmer, 1-3 part of all my lands in 
Hartford for her improvement during life, also 3 rooms (one lower room 
and two chambers) in my dwelling house, which she shall choose, the 
third part of my cellar, and the 1-3 part of my barn, for her use during 
her widowhood; also give her 1-3 part of my household stuff, 1-3 part of 
my stock of cattle and other creatures, and my negro woman, to be at her 
own dispose forever. Likewise I give her one of my negro boys, viz., 
Ceaser, for her service so long as she remains my widow. If she marry, 
the boy I give to my son Stephen. I give to my eldest son Thomas 
Hosmer, besides what I have conveyed to him by deed of gift, all my 
land (excepting 15 acres that I shall otherwise dispose of) lying and be- 
ing on the east side of the highway at the west division, always provided 
that my son Stephen shall have the use of 1-2 the mowing land for two 
years, and then to return to his brother Thomas, and half the apples in the 
orchard for the space of six years. I also give to my son Thomas my 
negro boy named Hanniball, he paying £20 to his brother Stephen towards 
building his house, for him, my sd. son Thomas, his heirs and assigns 
forever. I give to my son Stephen Hosmer, besides what I have con- 
veyed by deed of gift, 15 acres of land lying and being on the east side 
of the highway at the west division, bounding north on the heirs of Mr. 
Hain's land and south on land I have given to my son Thomas. I also 
give him £20 towards his house, which his brother Thomas is to pay, for 
him, my sd. son Stephen, his heirs and assigns forever. I give to my son 
Joseph Hosmer 1-2 of my land, excepting six acres that I shall otherwise 
dispose of, at home, both meadow and upland, with my dwelling house, 
barn and other edifices thereon erected, the sd. land to be measured out 
and bounded on the north side. Also I give to my son Joseph the northern 
half part of my lott of land lying below Rocky Hill. I give to my son 
John Hosmer the remainder of my land (excepting 4 acres that I shall 



yO PROBATE RECORDS. VOL. XI, 

otherwise dispose of) at home, both meadow and upland, lying southward 
of the land which I have given to my son Joseph. And likewise I give to 
my son John the southern half part of my lott of land below Rocky Hill. 

1 give to my four sons, Thomas, Stephen, Joseph and John, all my right, 
share, part and interest of, in and to the large tract of land called the 
Western Lands, belonging to the Proprietors of Hartford and Windsor, 
to be equally divided between them. I give to my sons, Joseph and John, 
between them, my team, one yoke of oxen and two old horses, and all 
the utensils belonging to the team. I give to my daughter, Sarah Hosmer, 

2 acres of meadow land at the east end of my meadow land, and 1-2 the 
breadth on the north side ; also that lottment of land lately laid out on 
the right of my grandfather Thomas Hosmer deed., in the Five Miles 
of land, commonly so called, on the east side of the Connecticut River in 
Hartford, for her my sd. daughter Sarah forever. I give to my daughter, 
Anne Hosmer, 2 acres at the east end of my meadow land, half the breadth 
thereof, and bounded north on the land given to my daughter Sarah ; and 
also I give to my daughter Ann that alottment of land laid out on the 
right of my father Stephen Hosmer deed., in the Five Miles of land, so 
called, on the east side of the Connecticut River in Hartford, forever. I 
give to my sd. two daughters, Sarah and Ann, after my just debts and 
legacies herein given are paid, all my moveable estate whatsoever that 
shall remain, with my interest, share and part in the boalting mill adjoin- 
ing to the lower gristmill in Hartford, to be equally divided between 
them. I appoint my wife and son Thomas executors. 

Witness : John Knozvles, Thomas Hosmer, ls. 

John Cole, Rachel Knowles. 

Court Record, Page 66 — 2 May, 1732: Will and invt. exhibited and 
accepted. 



Page 220-2. 



Hubbard, Richard, Sen., Middletown. Invt. £59-19-01. Taken 23 
August, 1732, by Ephraim Adkins, Joseph Rockwell and Nathaniel 
Brown. Will dated 14 July, 1731. 

I, Richard Hubbard, Sen., of Middletown, do make this my last will 
and testament: I give to my wife Martha the 1-2 of my household goods 
and stock and other moveable estate, and the improvement of the other 
half of my household goods and stock and other moveable estate, and of 
my homelott and long meadow lott, so long as she continues my widow. 
I give to my daughter Martha what I have given her by deed of gift, viz., 
£45 in land and the products of about 30 acres more, which was £25, and 
£7-17-06 which she has already received, the whole being £77-07-06. I 
give to my daughter Elizabeth what I have given her by deed of gift, 
which amounts to £44, and 1-2 of an acre of land on the Neck at 20 
shillings, and £24-10-04 in moveables and money which I advanced by the 
sale of lands to pay her debts after she was a widow, the whole being £69- 
10-04. I give to my daughter Hannah ye lands and goods, £69-13-00. I 



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1729 TO 1732. PROBATE RECORDS. ^l 

give to my daughter Mary lands and goods, £69-16-00. I appoint my 
wife Martha sole executrix. 

Witness : Solomon Adkins, Richard X Hubbard, ls. 

Edward Foster, Stephen Winstone. 

Court Record, Page 75 — 5 September, 1732: Will and invt. ex- 
hibited and approved. 



Page 235-6. 



Hubbard, Samuel, Hartford. Invt. £336-07-06. Taken by Thomas 
Ensign, Jr., and Jonathan Steele. 

Court Record, Page 79 — 19 December, 1731 : Will exhibited with 
invt. by George Hubbard, executor named in the will, who refused the 
trust and was appointed Adms. (the will not found). Also the heirs ex- 
hibit an agreement : 

We, the subscribers, Samuel Hubbard, George Hubbard, John Hub- 
bard, Esther Butler, Thomas Lee in behalf of Elizabeth his wife as well 
as in his own behalf, Isaac Lee and Mary Lee his wife, and John Gurney 
and Sarah his wife, being the children and children-in-law of vSamuel 
Hubbard, late of Hartford deceased, and interested in his estate, do 
hereby agree upon a division for ourselves severally and respectively, and 
our heirs, as followeth : That is, that the sd. John Hubbard's share or 
part of sd. estate shall be £50 in lands or else in current bills of public 
credit. And the part or share of the sd. Esther Butler, Elizabeth wife of 
Thomas Lee, and Mary wife of Isaac Lee, shall be each of them so much 
as to amount to £50 each with what they have had heretofore given them 
out of sd. estate. And the part or share of the sd. Sarah wife of John 
Gurney, besides what hath already been given her, shall be all the move- 
ables belonging to the sd. estate, provided all the debts be paid out of them. 
And all the remainder of sd. estate shall be equally divided between the 
2 elder brothers before mentioned, to-wit : Samuel Hubbard and George 
Hubbard. In witness whereof we have hereunto set our hand and seal 
this 19th day of December, 1731. 

rj.-, „ i J. ,, Samuel Hubbard, ls. 

Then personally came before the ^^^^^^ Hubbard, ls. 

Court of Probate, holden at Hartford, ^^^^ Hubbard, ls. 

Samuel Hubbard, George Hubbard, Esther X Butler ls 

John Hubbard, Esther Butler, Thomas Lee, Thomas Lee, ls. ' 

Isaac Lee. and John Gurney, and Isaac Lee ls 

acknowledged their voluntary act and deed. John Gurney ls 
Approved by the Court, /; Talcott, Clerk. 



Page 175-6. 



Huchisson, Joseph, Hebron. Invt. £458-14-04. Taken 17 March, 
1732, by Samuel Gillet, Obadiah Dunham and Samuel Rowley. Will 
dated ist February, 1731. 



72 PROBATE RECORDS. VOL. XT, 

I, Joseph Huchisson of Hebron, in the County of Hartford, do make 
this my last will and testament: I give to my wife Mary Huchisson the 
bed we now lye on, and a great brass kettle, and four pewter platters, 
these things forever ; also, the use of my dwelling house and the improve- 
ment of the third part of my improved land in Hebron, and of my barn 
so much as is necessary, for her during the term of her natural life unless 
she marry, then she should have the use of neither house, barn or land 
forever. I give to my son Jonathan Huchisson my gunn and broad axe, 
to be his own free and clear forever: and also that farm which Ives on 
Glastonbury line, the whole of it as it is bounded in a certain deed on 
record. I give to my son Aaron Huchisson my dwelling house and barn, 
as also half this lott which I now live on, the north half, with all the 
fences and fruit trees thereon, and half that land which lies over the brook. 
I give to my son Joseph Huchisson the south half of this lott which I 
now live on, and half of yt land over the brook. Furthermore, my will 
is that all my lands and buildings should be apprised, and that my sons 
Jonathan, Aaron and Joseph Huchisson shall be equally alike in estate 
as to number of pounds when my estate is all apprised. I give to m.y 
youngest son Israel Huchisson so much of my estate as to make him equal 
with the rest of my aforesd. sons. I give and bequeath unto my daughters, 
Mary, Ann and Rachel Huchisson, to each of them 2-3 so much of my 
estate as I do give to my sons. And my will is that my wife and my 
brother Hezekiah Huchisson be my executors. 

Witness : Ohadiah Dunham, Joseph X Huchisson, ls. 

Esther Dunham, Samuel Rowlee. 

Court Record, Page 65 — 31 January, 1731 : Will and invt. exhibited 
and approved. 



Page 250. 

Huffman, John Casper, Simsbury. Invt. £161-03-00. Taken by 
Thomas Holcomb and Joshua Holcomb. He died 21 March, 1732. Will 
dated 13 March, 1732. 

I, John Casper Huffman, do make this my last will and testament: 
Imprimis. I give unto my maid and nurse, Else Griffin, the half of my 
estate, both personal and real — the real estate to be hers during life and 
then to descend to her daughter Martha if she arrives to the age of 21 
years, if not, then to Else Griffin, her heirs and her assigns forever. I 
give to my countryman, John Hendrik Nearing, all my right and title 
to a piece of land that he and I hold in equal share, lying in Simsbury at 
a place called Pond Hill, about 7 acres in the whole between us both, 
more or less, and also I give him my right to two acres of land at the Pond 
Marsh adjacent, held also in common, more or less. I give to sd. Mr. 
Nearing all my books after my decease. After my just debts are paid I 
give unto my nurse. Else, the remaining part of my estate, real and per- 
sonal, to her and her heirs forever, in consideration of her long and 
difficult service, reserving to Mr. Nearing the liberty to his own use to 
improve or lease a certain copper mine supposed to be found in sd. land. 



1729 TO 1732. PROBATE RECORDS. 73 

he or his leases paying what they may damnify that land by such im- 
provement. I appoint my friend Else Griffin to be sole executrix. 
Witness : Timothy Woodhridge, John Casper X Huffman, ls. 
Ann Nearing, Thomas Holcomh. 

Court Record, Page 68 — 22 May, 1732 : The last will of John Casper 
Huffman, deceased, was now exhibited in Court by Else Griffin, execu- 
trix, who accepted the trust. The will was proven, and, with an inventory, 
was ordered recorded and kept on file. 



Page 292. 

Humphrey, Deacon John, Simsbury. Died 31 December, 1732. 
Inventory taken 2 March, 1732-3, by John Pettibone, Jr., Joseph Cornish 
and Samuel Pettebone the 2nd. 

Court Record, Page 93 — 3 July, 1733: Adms. granted to Michael 
Humphrey, son of the deceased. 

Page 214 (Probate Side, Vol. XHI) : A distribution of the estate 
of Deacon John Humphrey, late of Simsbury, made by agreement of us, 
Sarah Humphrey, widow, John Humphrey, Benajah Humphrey, Michael 
Humphrey and Daniel Humphrey, all sons to the sd. deed., and Joseph 
Case and Hannah Case (formerly Hannah Humphrey, daughter of the 
sd. deed.). A list of all the goods, chattells and lands of the sd. deed, to 
be distributed among the surviving heirs of the sd. deed. In witness to 
the above-written agreement we have hereunto set our hands and seals 
this 3rd day of March, 1732-3. 

Signed and sealed: 

Witness : John Pettibone, Jr., Sarah X Humphrey, ls. 

Benjamin Mills. John Humphrey, ls. 

Hannah Case signed and sealed Benajah Humphrey, ls. 

in presence of Joseph Mills, Michael Humphrey, ls. 

Josiah Case. Daniel Humphrey, ls. 

Joseph Case, ls. 
Hannah Case, ls. 



Page 51. 

Hurlbnt, Jonathan, Kensington. Invt. £716-00-10. Taken 17 April, 
1730, by Thomas Hart and Samuel Smith. Will dated 25 March, 1730. 

I, Jonathan Hurlbut of Kensington, do make this my last will and 
testament: I give to my wife Abiah Hurlbut her thirds during life. To 
my eldest son Stephen Hurlbut I give 100 acres of the east end of my 
lott in Middletown whereupon he now dwells. To my second son Jon- 
athan Hurlbut so much of the remainder of sd. lott as amounts to £5 in 
current bills of public credit. To my third son Josiah Hurlbut 20 acres 
of the west end lott whereupon my dwelling house now stands. The re- 



74 PROBATE RECORDS, VOL. XI, 

mainder of my land and buildings within the bounds of the sd. Kensing- 
ton I give to my two younger sons, Isaac Hurlbut and James Hurlbnt. 
The remainder of my sd. lott in Middletown and all the remainder of 
my personal and moveable estate I give to my four daughters, Abiah, 
Sarah, Mary and Martha. I do hereby appoint Capt. Isaac Hart, of 
Kensington, executor. My will is that my children give full confirmation 
of that land and houseing I sold to my wife's brother Abraham Giilett 
whereupon he now dwells. 

Witness : William Burnham, Jonathan Hurlbut, ls. 

Isaac Lee, Joseph Porter. 

Court Record, Page i8 — 5 May, 1730: Will exhibited. Capt. Isaac 
Hart refused the trust. This Court appoint Abiah Hurlbut, the widow, 
and Josiah Hurlbut, the son, Adms. The will was proven, and, with in- 
ventory, to be recorded and kept on file. 



Page 14-15-16-17. 



Joanes, Thomas, Colchester. Invt. £1232-03-06. Taken 6 Novem- 
ber, 1729, by Nathaniel Foote, Samuel Loomis and Israel Newton. Will 
dated 27 October, 1729. 

I, Thomas Jones of Colchester, in the County of Hartford and 
Colony of Connecticut, yeoman, do make this my last will and testament. 
I give to my wife Mary Jones her thirds of my estate ; also give to my sd. 
wife my negro gall Nanna during the life of my sd. wife. If she survive 
her sd. mistress, then my will is she, being apprised, shall return to any 
one of my children that will take her and pay out to the rest of my chil- 
dren equal shares of what she shall be apprised at, only reserving to him- 
self or herself their own part. And if it so happen that the sd. negro gall 
have any issue during the life of my sd. wife, that then they shall belong 
to my children, and that they be so disposed of as that all of them may 
equally share in the profit of them. And as for my real estate, with the 
remainder of the personal, I give and bequeath the same in manner fol- 
lowing : That is to say, to my three eldest sons, viz., James, Jabez and 
Jonathan, I give my farm lying on each side of the road near to Mr. James 
Newton's. My will further is that my sons, James, Jabez and Jonathan, 
shall pay to their four sisters, viz., Mary, Lewcey, Rachell and Sarah, 
i6o money to each of them, that is to say, after so much of sd. estate as 
shall be valued or apprised at iioo be reserved and set aside for each of 
themselves, viz., James, Jabez and Jonathan, and so observing this rule 
until the whole of that part of my estate be divided among these my afore- 
named sons and daughters. And for as much as it is probable that my sd. 
son Jonathan may be ever under an incapacity to act and do for himself, 
if he die without issue, my mind and will is that his brothers, having had 
a tender regard to take care and provide for him, that that part of my 
estate willed to him shall be equally divided between them. And also I 
give unto my youngest son Joshua my farm on which I now dwell, it ly- 



1729 TO 1732. PROBATE RECORDS. 75 

ing adjoining to Lt. Harris's farm on which he now dwells ; and my will 
is that, this farm being apprised, my sd. son shall, after an iioo worth 
thereof be set aside for himself, pay to my youngest daughter Lurenia 
the sum of i6o. I do now name, ordain and appoint my wife Mary Joanes, 
and my brother Nathaniel Cohoon and Mr. James Newton, both of Col- 
chester, executors. 

Witness : John Bulkeley, Jr., Thomas Joanes, ls. 

William Treadway, Josiah Treadway. 

Court Record, Page 7 — 2nd December, 1729: The last will and 
testament of Thomas Jones, of Colchester, exhibited in Court by Mary 
Joanes, widow, and Nathaniel Cohoon and James Newton. Will proven. 

Page 37 — 2 February, 1 730-1 : Adms. accompt exhibited in Court 
and accepted. 

Page 40 — 13 March, 1 730-1 : Whereas, James Joanes, Benjamin 
Graves and Mary his wife, and Lucy Joanes, have quitted and made over 
their whole right and title and claim unto Joshua Joanes and Lurenia 
Joanes of that part or parcell of land given them the sd. Joshua and 
Lurenia by the will of their father Thomas Joanes ; and also the sd. James 
Joanes, Benjamin Graves and Mary his wife, and Lucy Jones have bound 
themselves by bond in the sum of £200 that all the younger children shall, 
as they come of lawfull age to act, also quitt their claim of sd. parcells of 
land unto Joshua and Lurenia. All which appears on the files of the 
Court of Probates in the County of Hartford : This Court do therefore 
order and appoint Messrs. John Bulkeley, Jr., Nathaniel Foote and James 
Newton, of Colchester, to distribute the estate of the sd. deceased to and 
amongst the widow and children of the sd. deceased Thomas Jones, and 
that they set out to every one what lands shall be theirs according to will, 
by meets and bounds. 



Page 315. 

Kelsey, Hannah, Hartford. Invt. £55-12-03. Taken 19 March, 
1732-3, by Joseph Talcott, Jr., and Jonathan Olcott. 

Court Record, Page 91 — 24 May, 1733: Adms. to Obadiah Spencer 
of Hartford. Exhibit of inventory. 

Page 98 — 2 October, 1733 : Recog. with Jonathan Marsh, of Hart- 
ford. 



Keney, Ebenezer. Court Record, Page 68 — 22 May, 1732: Eben- 
ezer Keney, a minor, 14 years of age, chose David Hills of Hartford to 
be his guardian. Recog., £50. 

Page 102 — 12 December, 1733 : David Hills, guardian to Ebenezer 
Keney, son of Ebenezer Keney deed., desires release and sd. Keney also 
desires it. Granted, and Ebenezer Keney chose his father-in-law William 
Haile of Glastonbury (alias Hall) to be his guardian. Recog., £200. 



76 PROBATE RECORDS. VOL. XI, 

Kilbourn, Thomas. Court Record, Page io8 — 5 March, 1733-4: 
Thomas Kilbourn, son of Ebenezer Kilbourn, formerly of Glastonbury, 
15 years of age, chose his mother Elizabeth Kilbourn to be his guardian. 
Recog., £50. 



Page 39-40. 



Kimberly, Thomas, Esq., Glastonbury. Invt. £2109-09-00. Taken 
17 February, 1729-30, by Jonathan Hale and Abraham Kilbourn. Will 
dated 2 January, 1729-30. 

I, Thomas Kimberly of Glastonbury, do make this my last will and 
testament : I give to Ruth, my wife, her thirds. I give to my three sons, 
Thomas, Samuel and John, the lott of land where I now dwell, that is to 
say, my sd. son Thomas to have 8 rods wide on the north side, Samuel 
to have 7 rods wide next to him, and my sd. son John to have 7 rods wide 
on the south side, provided my sons pay to their five sisters £80 apiece 
at the day of their marriage or when they arrive to the age of 21 years, 
which shall happen first. I give to my sons, each of them, a yoke of 
steers and a breeding mare. And I give to my sons my lands at IDimond 
Pond and that land called the "Pig-in-the-Pocke." And all the rest of 
my lands in the Township of Glastonbury to be equally divided between 
them, all which lands and estate above given to my sons to be to them for- 
ever. I give to my five daughters my lott of land lying at the Long Pond 
in the bounds of Colchester, to be equally divided among them. I give to 
my sons, Thomas and Samuel, all the rest of my moveable estate after 
my debts are paid. My sons Thomas and Samuel to be executors. 
Witness: Joseph Andrews, Thomas Kimberly, ls. 

Thomas Welles, John Hale. 

Court Record, Page 13 — 3 March, 1729-30: Will proven. 



Page 337. 

King, Benjamin, Stafford. Will dated 20 November, 1732. 

I, Benjamin King of Stafford, in the County of Hartford, do make 
this my last will and testament: I give unto Remember, my wife, whom 
I likewise constitute my only and sole executor, all my lands and move- 
able estate, all my household stuff, cattle and tools, and all my whole 
estate, both real and personal, ordering this my executor to pay all my 
debts out of sd. estate, and also to pay to my respective children as fol- 
loweth, as they shall come of age : To my eldest son Benjamin, 5 shillings ; 
to my son Samuel, 5 shillings ; to my son Joseph, 5 shillings ; to my 
daughter Elizabeth, 5 shillings ; to my son Moses, 5 shillings ; to my 
daughter Mary, 5 shillings. And all the remainder of my estate I leave 
with my executor to be disposed of for the comfortable maintenance and 
support of my eldest daughter Agnes, which never hath had the use of 
her reason, for which cause I order this my estate to be disposed of at the 



1729 TO 1732. PROBATE RECORDS. JJ 

discretion of my executor for the comfortable maintenance of my child 
Agnes. And I do hereby order my executor to have the advise of my 
well-esteemed friend, Lt. John Huntington, of Tolland, in the disposal 
of sd. estate. 

Witness : John Pasco, Benjamin King, ls. 

Isaac Osborn, Reheckah X Pasco. 

Court Record, Page loi — 4 December, 1733 : Will exhibited by Re- 
member King, the executrix named in the will. 

Page I (Vol. XII) ist April, 1734: Benjamin King, age 16 years, 
and Samuel King, age 14 years, chose their mother Remember King to 
be their guardian. Cert : John Huntington, /. P. 



Page 111-112. 



Knowlton, Thomas, Haddam, East. Died 25 December, 1730. Invt. 
£394-15-07. Taken by Daniel Brainard, Shubael Fuller and Thomas 
Cone. Will dated 15 September, 1730. 

I, Thomas Knowlton, Sen., of Haddam, on the east side of the Great 
River, in the County of Hartford, do make my last will and testament : I 
give to my wife Susannah the sole benefit and profit of the remaining part 
of my homestead, together with the house and barn and orchard, and all 
the conveniences belonging thereto, as also my woodlott division on the 
common, during her life ; and 1-3 part of my moveable estate forever. I 
give unto my son Thomas, besides what I have already done for him or 
given him by deed of gift, the piece of swamp and lowland lying at the 
mouth of Moodus River, as also my homestead, house, barn and orchard, 
and the lott on the commons, that is to say, the abovesd, swamp and low- 
land to be to his use and profit presently, but the other he shall not have 
the use and profit of until after his mother's decease and until his sisters 
hereafter mentioned have done with them according to the true intent 
of what is after mentioned , together with all my right and interest in the 
commons or undivided lands. I give to my daughter Mercy Bates one 
cow, and add nothing further to her, she having had her mother's estate. 
I give to my daughter Susannah Olcott nothing further than this (she 
having already had the main intended for her), viz., that at her mother's 
decease she shall in joy the house, barn, orchard, and homelott so far as 
my furthermost bars where there is a cross fence, to remain to her so long 
as she continue in her deserted condition or a single state, I give to my 
two daughters, viz., Lucy and Hannah, my division of land lying on Eight- 
Mite River, as also the remaining two-thirds of my moveables, to be 
equally divided between them. And if these my two daughters, or either 
of them, shall continue in a single state after my wife's decease, my will 
is that they shall have a good priviledge in the house so long as they con- 
tinue in a single state, and no longer. 

Witness : Stephen Hosmer, Thomas Knowlton, ls. 

Nathaniel X Lord, Joseph Grover, > 



78 PROBATE RECORDS. VOL. XI, 

Court Record, Page 46 — 4 June, 173 1 : Will and invt. exhibited by 
the widow Susannah, who, with the son, were joyntly and severally bound. 
Adms. to the widow. 



Page 339. 

Labbe, Stephen, Wethersfield. Invt. ^39-12-03. Taken by William 
Manley and Nathaniel Hale. 

Court Record, Page 92 — 5 June, 1733: Adms. granted to Esther 
Labbe, widow, with Nathaniel Hale. 

Page 12 (Vol. Xn) 8 October, 1734: The Adms. exhibited now an 
account of their Adms., which this Court accepts. 



Page 7. 

Lewcas, John, Middletown. Invt. £26-11-06. Taken 2nd June, 
1729, by Samuel Cotton and Zacheus Candee. 

Court Record, Page 2 — 2 August, 1729 : Invt. exhibited by Sarah 
Lewcas, widow. And this Court appoint Sarah Lewcas to be guardian 
to her son Joseph Lewcas, 7 years of age. Recog., £50. 

Page 22 — 2 June, 1730: Sarah Lewcas, Adms., reports the estate 
insolvent. 

Page 35 — 5 January, 1730-31 : Sarah Lewcas, Adms., showing that 
part of his estate was a small frame house standing on Town land, and 
will not therefore go into the inventory, this Court advise to sell at vandue 
and return the avails to this Court. 

Page 40 (Vol. XIII) 2 February, 1738-9: Joseph Lewcas, son of 
John Lewcas, chose his uncle Jacob Whitmore to be his guardian. Recog., 
iioo. Cert : Giles Hall, J. P. 



Page 58. 

Lewcas, Samuel. Invt. £7-19-08. Taken by Abraham Fox and 
Gideon Hollister. 

Court Record, Page 22 — 2 June, 1730 : Invt. exhibited by Elizabeth 
Lewcas, who reports estate insolvent and prays the Court that necessaries 
be set out for her support, which is as follows, viz. : 

£ s d 
I bed and furniture, i- 10-00 

I porridge pott, 0-18-00 

3 milk bowls, 0-04-06 

I Bible, 0-13-06 



I pewter plate, 0-02-00 

The widow refused administration 



£ s d 

2 pewter spoons, o-oi-oo 

1 water pail and hand pail, 0-02-00 

3 earthern potts, 0-02-08 
3 wooden dishes, 0-0 1 -00 

2 chaires and i old barrell. 



1729 TO 1732. PROBATE RECORDS. 79 

Page 241-2. 

Loomis, John, Windsor. Invt. £342-06-06. Taken ist December, 
1732, by Joseph Newbery and Joshua Loomis. Will dated 18 June, 1729. 

I, John Loomis, of the Town of Windsor, do make this my last will 
and testament : I give to Esther, my wife, the improvement of 1-2 of my 
land within fence, and also my woodland, as she think fitt, during the 
term she shall continue my widow. If she shall marry, then she shall 
have the 1-3 of sd. lands with the use of 1-2 of my dwelling house during 
life. I give to my sd. wife Esther the 1-4 part of my household stuff and 
goods. I give to my son John a double portion of my estate with my 
three daughters, and to be disposed of as in manner followeth, viz., that 
he the sd. John shall have all my lands after my decease, he paying the 
legacies to each of my daughters, to Esther, to Sarah and to Damaras, if 
any there be to pay, so much as to make each of them to have half so much 
as his double portion. And he shall have three years time to pay out to 
them the sd. Esther, Sarah and Damarus their portion. And also that 
they shall have each of them their equal part in moveables belonging to 
my estate. I make and ordain my son John sole executor to this my last 
will. 

Witness : Simon Wolcott, John Loomis, ls. 

Isaac Loomis, Nathaniel Loomis. 

Codicil, dated 20 June, 1729 : That he only gave to his three daugh- 
ters to each of them a single share in his estate, in his moveable estate 
and his lands on which his house standeth, that is, the meadow and up- 
land to the Three Miles. And I do give unto my son John all my lands 
in Windsor, laid out or in time to come may be laid out as a property to 
me or to my estate, and also all the right or property in any other town 
or place whatsoever. 

Witness -.Thomas Skiner, John Loomis, ls. 

Nathaniel Loomis, Isaac Loomis. 

Court Record, Page 78 — 28 November, 1732: Will and invt. ex- 
hibited, accepted and ordered to be kept on file. 



Page 34. 

Loomis, Nathaniel. Inventory taken 5 January, 1729-30, by Thomas 
More, Henry Allyn and Timothy Loomis, apprisers. An inventory of the 
estate of Nathaniel Loomis, son of Joseph Loomis, both of Windsor, de- 
ceased. The only estate presented was the only moiety or half-part of 40 
acres of land lying in Windsor, lying in common with Stephen Loomis 
for the heirs of Stephen Loomis deed., which other half did formerly 
belong to Isaac Loomis deceased. The whole 40 acres bounds north- 
eastwardly on common and undivided land, northwestwardly on land 

, and southeasterly on land of Sergt. James Enno or land 

formerly surveyed to Capt. Daniel Clark and Mr. Thomas Hanford, and 



8o PROBATE RECORDS. VOL. XI, 

southwesterly on land of Ichabod Loomis in part and partly on land of 
Abraham Loomis. Which we apprise at 40 shillings per acre, £40 for the 
20 acres. The above-written is a true inventory of the estate of the above- 
sd. Nathaniel Loomis as one presented by the Adms., namely, Joseph 
Stroud of Boston, and taken by us the subscribers under oath. 



Loomis, Joseph. Court Record, Page 7 — 2 December, 1729: This 
Court grant Adms. on the estate of Joseph Loomis of Windsor, deed., 
unto Joseph Stroud of Boston, who accepted that trust, gave bond, and 
took letters of Adms. this dav. 



Page 261-2-3. 



Loomis, Ensign Nathaniel, Bolton, Invt. i86-o8-oi. Taken 2 
October, 1732, by Timothy Olcott and Daniel Griswold of Bolton. Will 
dated 6 January, 1729-30. 

I, Nathaniel Loomis of Bolton, in the County of Hartford, do ordain 
this my last will and testament: I give unto my wife Ruth the use of 1-2 
of my dwelling house and half of my improved land during her natural 
life ; also so much of my moveable estate as shall be necessary for her 
comfortable subsistence. I give to my son Nathaniel Loomis 1-2 of my 
right in the common and undivided land in Windsor besides what I have 
already given him by deed, I give to my son Charles Loomis 1-2 of a 
parcel! of land in Bolton I took as part of a 2nd division (the whole par- 
cell is 16 acres, bounded east on Coventry). I give to my son Roger 
Loomis my 2nd division arising from my land. I give to my son Jerijah 
Loomis my homelott I now live on, with the buildings and appurtenances 
thereof, as it is bounded west on the highway, south on land I have given 
to Roger Loomis, east on common land, and north on Charles Loomis and 
Col, Allyn, 1-2 of which after my wife's decease. Also I give him 1-2 of 
about 20 acres in Hebron I had in exchange with John Bishop ; also 1-2 
of 15 acres of swamp north of John Bishop's land. I give to my daugh- 
ter Ruth i8o to be paid her by my son Jerijah Loomis when she is 18 
years of age. The other half of my lands in Windsor Town Commons 
to be equally divided amongst my sons. I appoint my son Nathaniel sole 
executor. 

Witness : John Bissell, Nathaniel Loomis, ls. 

Samuel Brown, John Bishop. 

Court Record, Page 84 — 6 March, 1732-3 : Will exhibited by Na- 
thaniel Loomis, executor. 



Page 313-14. 



Loomis, Lt. Nathaniel, Windsor. Invt. £517-05-03. Taken 21 
October, 1733, by William Wolcott, Hezekiah Porter and Samuel Ban- 
croft. Will dated 26 May, 1729. 



1729 TO 1732. PROBATE RECORDS. 8I 

I, Nathaniel Loomis of Windsor, being now stricken in age, do make 
this my last will and testament: I give to my wife Elizabeth the use of 
the whole of my estate during widowhood, and 1-2 the moveables to be 
at her own dispose. I give to my brother Daniel Loomis my meadow at 
Podunk, he paying my sister Mindwell Loomis £20. I give to my brother 
Hezekiah Loomis land I bought of Nathaniel Bissell, he paying to my 
brother's children, Jonathan and Ebenezer, £5 apiece. I give to my broth- 
er Moses the homestead with the buildings, he paying to my brother 
Josiah Loomis £25 within two years after possession. I give to Daniel 
Gillett, 2nd, that part of the lott which I bought of Nathaniel Bissell west 
of the country road, he paying Hepzibah Loomis £30. The rest of my 
moveable estate not disposed of I give to be equally divided amongst my 
sisters and my wife's brothers and sisters living, and the children of those 
deed. I make my wife Elizabeth, with Daniel Gillet, my executors. 

Witness : Richard Skinner, Nathaniel Loomis, ls. 

Isaac Loomis, Noah Skinner. 

Court Record, Page 99 — 6 November, 1733 : Will exhibited. 



Page 185-6. 

Macklarren, Patrick, Middletown. Invt. £250-00-00. Taken 16 
March, 1732, by John Warner, Samuel Gipson and James Brown. 

Court Record, Page 64 — 4 April, 1732: Dorothy Macklarren, widow, 
declines Adms. on the estate of her husband Patrick Macklarren, late of 
Middletown deed. Adms. granted to Nathaniel Otis of Colchester, with 
Hezekiah Hucheson of Hebron. 

Page 81 — 6 February, 1732-3: Nathaniel Otis, Adms., reports the 
estate insolvent, and moves to this Court that commissioners be appointed. 
This Court appoint John Bulkeley and Ephraim Welles of Colchester. 

Page II (Vol. XH) ist September, 1734: The commissioners on the 
estate of Patrick Maclarren, viz., Messrs. John Bulkeley and Ephraim 
Welles of Colchester, having had an order of this Court to adjust the 
claims of creditors on sd. estate, and by reason of Mr. Otis, the Adms., 
informing them that some effects belonging to the estate of the sd. deed, 
were in Scotland and some in Barbados, the sd. commissioners there- 
upon did not proceed according to sd. order, but the effects being come 
to hand this Court do order and appoint the commissioners to receive and 
examine all claims of the several creditors on the estate of the sd. deed., 
and how they are made out, and to act and doe in all things whereto their 
office as commissioners hath relation according to law, and the creditors 
on sd. estate are allowed 6 months to bring in their claims and prove their 
debts. 

Page 8 (Vol. XHI) 18 May, 1737: The commissioners report in- 
terest on a bond to James Goodwin, merchant, of iioo sterling, with in- 
terest until paid, which was allowed until the decease of the sd. Mc- 
Larren, sd. bond to be paid when an average is made. 



82 PROBATE RECORDS. VOL. XI, 

Mallory, Judah, Middletown. Court Record, Page 6 — November, 
1729: Judah Mallory, a minor, 14 years of age, chose Capt. Joseph South- 
mayd to be his guardian. Recog., £50. 



Page 119. 

Markham, James, Middletown, Invt. £484-00-03. Taken ist July, 
1 73 1, by Solomon Adkins, William Wetmore and Jonathan Blake. Will 
dated 7 April, 1731. 

I, James Markham of Middletown, in the County of Hartford, do 
make this my last will and testament: I give to my wife Elizabeth (her 
thirds) during life; also I give to my wife my pasing mare. T give to 
my son James Markham a double portion of all my estate, both real and 
personal, accounting what I have given him by deed as part of his por- 
tion. I give to my son William Markham a single portion of all my estate, 
both real and personal, accounting what I have given him by deed. I give 
to my sons John Markham and Nathaniel Markham each of them a 
single portion. I give to my daughters, Elizabeth Foster and Abigail 
Markham, a single portion, except £$ to be deducted out of each of their 
portions. All above named having been helpful to git and keep my estate 
and living with me. I give to my daughters Mary Markham, Martha 
and Hannah Markham, each of them, half so much as one of their above- 
named brothers. Further, my will is that the gunn I gave my sd. William 
shall not be reckoned as part of his portion, neither the heifer I gave my 
daughter Elizabeth Foster shall be reckoned as part of her portion. And 
what my daughter Elizabeth Foster had of household stuff shall be 
reckoned as part of her portion. And I give to my son James Markham 
so much as to bye a good gunn and not to be reckoned as part of his por- 
tion. And the gunn I gave my son John Markham shall not be reckoned 
as part of his portion. And I order that my son Nathaniel Markham be 
put out to learn some good trade, and that he shall have a good gunn 
bought for him and not to be reckoned as part of his portion. I give to 
my daughter Abigail i cow-calf, not to be reckoned as part of her portion. 
Also, to my daughter Mary that great charge in money I have expended 
with doctors, &c., not to be reckoned as part of her portion. Also, to 
my daughter Martha that that is due by her indenture not to be counted 
as part of her portion. Also to my daughter Hannah her trade or time to 
learn it, a loom and tackling, not to be accounted as part of her portion. 
And further, my will is that the lands belonging to me shall be my sons', 
they paying to their sisters their portions in money or such spetia as they 
can produce at money prise. I appoint my wife Elizabeth Markham to 
be my executrix, and James Markham my executor, and desire Rev. 
William Russell and Mr. Jabez Hamlin overseers. 

Witness : Jabez Hamlin, James Markham, ls. 

'John Foster, Ehenezer Prout. 

Court Record, Page 48 — 6 July, 1731 : Will and invt. exhibited and 
approved. Hannah Markham, 14 years of age, daughter of James Mark- 



1729 TO 1732. PROBATE RECORDS. 83 

ham, chose her uncle Benoni Houghton to be her guardian. Recog., 
iioo. 

Page 98 — 2 October, 1733 : Nathaniel Markham, a minor, 14 years 
of age, son of James Markham, chose his brother William Markham to 
be his guardian. Recog., iioo. 

Page 21 (Vol. XII) 20 February, 1733-4: Daniel Markham, of En- 
field, in the County of Hampshire, and the children of James Markham, 
late of Middletown, deceased (which children are James Markham, Wil- 
liam Markham and John Markham of Middletown, and Nathaniel Mark- 
ham of Haddam, the only sons of the deceased James Markham), sup- 
posing they had right to some of the real estate in lands of the deceased 
by virtue of his last will, moved for a distribution thereof according to 
one law of the Colony directing the Court of Probates to appoint free- 
holders to divide such estate, and summoned Jonathan Center and 
Martha his wife, Elizabeth Arnold, Martha Arnold, Mehetabell Arnold, 
Joshua Arnold, Rebeckah Arnold, John Arnold, Jun., and Ebenezer 
Arnold, to object if they see cause. The parties accordingly appeared, 
and this Court having heard the pleas, do not see cause to grant the 
plaintiffs' motion or to order said real estate to be divided by freeholders. 
Israel Markham, of Windham, One of the grandsons of Daniel Markham, 
appealed from the judgement of this Court unto the Superior Court, and 
recognized in £50. 

Distribution from File : 
£ s d 



To the widow, 68-16-08 

To James Markham, 173-14-06 
To William Markham, 122-10-04 
To John Markham, 95-QO-oo 

To Nathaniel Markham, 43-00-00 



£ s d 

To Elizabeth Foster, 34-09-00 

To Mary Markham, 20-09- iq 

To Abigail Markham, 34-09-00 
To Martha Markham, 20-09-10 
To Hannah Markham, 20-09-10 



We do order that the widow, during her natural life, shall have the 
use of one-third part of the dwelling house and barn, with convenient 
yard room, and one acre of land at ye rear of the homelot, with one-third 
of the fruit that shall grow in the orchard, and two acres and two-thirds 
of an acre at ye south end of ye eight acres lying at the rear of the home- 
lot, with free liberty to pass from said land to the house and barn. And 
also two acres of land on the east side of the land by the river, and also 
one-third of the four acres of boggy meadow. 

Middletown, Pr. Jahes Hamlin, } _ . ., ^ 

27 November, 1733. William Rockzvell, \ Distributors. 

We, the subscribers, do hereby allow, 
ratify and confirm the foregoing distribu- 
tion. As witness ovir hands this 28 February, 

1733-4. 

Elizabeth X Markham, ) „ 

James Markham, \ Executors. 

Exhibited in Court, 5 June, 1738. Accepted 
and ordered to be kept on file. 

Test: Jos: Talcott, Jun., Clerk. 



84 PROBATE RECORDS. VOL. XI, 

Page 346. 

Marshall, John, Bolton. Invt, £556-03-03. Taken 23 November, 
I730> by Hezekiah King, Benjamin Talcott and Ephraim Tucker. 

Court Record, Page 38—12 February, 1730-1 : Adms. to Damaras 
Marshall, the widow. Exhibit of inventory. 



Page 316-345. 

Meakins, Lt. Samuel, Hartford. Died 18 April, 1733. Invt. £1522- 
19-05. Taken 9 June, 1733, by Ozias Pitkin, Timothy Cowles and 
Nehemiah Olmsted. 

Court Record, Page 95 — 5 June, 1733: Adms. to John Meakins, a 
brother. Recog., £500, with Thomas Burr of Hartford. 

Page 2 (Vol. XH) ist April, 1734: An account of Adms. was now 
exhibited in Court by John Meakins, Adms. : Paid in debts and charges, 
£101-16-03. Which account is allowed and ordered to be kept on file. 

Page 7 — 2 July, 1734: An agreement for the settlement of the estate 
of Samuel Meakins was exhibited in Court under the hands and seals of 
the heirs of sd. estate, and acknowledged to be their free act and deed. 

Agreement as per File: 18 March, 1734-5: Samuel Meakins, 
a brother to some and an uncle to others of the legatees. An agreement 
for the division and settlement of the estate of Samuel Meakins to the 
surviving heirs was agreed between us as follows : To John Meakins, 2-7 
of the estate; to Mary Belding, 1-7; to Thomas and Sarah Spencer, 1-7; 
to Thomas Hurlbut and Rebeckah Hurlbut, 1-7 ; to John Arnold and Han- 
nah Arnold, 1-7; to Mary Meakins and Sarah Meakins, with Joseph, Han- 
nah, Abigail and Rebeckah Meakins (the children of Joseph Meakins 
deed.), 1-7 part. By Joseph Pitkin, Jonathan Hills and Joseph Cowles. 



Merrells, Wilterton. Court Record, Page 34 — 5 January, 1 730-1 : 
Wilterton Merrells is appointed guardian to his children, Samuel, Hannah 
and Gideon Merrells. Recog., £50. 



Messenger, Nehemiah. Court Record, Page 40 — 13 March, 1 730-1 : 
Nehemiah Messenger, 17 years of age, chose his father Daniel Messenger 
to be his guardian. Recog., £50. 



Page 271. 

Moodey, John, Hartford. Invt. £310-18-11. Taken 13 March, 
1732-3, by Isaac Kellogg and Nathaniel Smith. 



1729 TO 1732. PROBATE RECORDS. 85 

Court Record, Page 85 — 9 March, 1732-3 : Adms. granted to Samuel 
Moodey, son of the deed., who gave bond with David Ensign. 

Page 251 (Probate Side, Vol. XII) : I, Sarah Moodey of Hartford, 
widow, with my children, heirs to the estate of John Moodey, agree on a 
dist. of sd. estate to the surviving heirs, viz., to the widow Sarah Moodey, 
to John Moodey, to Samuel Moodey, to Ebenezer Moodey, to Nathaniel 
Moodey, to Adonijah Moodey, to Sarah the wife of David Ensign, to 
Hannah Moodey, to Silence Moodey, to Patience Moodey, and to Samuel 
Moodey as guardian to Adonijah Moodey, to each of them their respec- 
tive portions. In confirmation of the before-written, we, the abovesd. 
widow and heirs, have set to our hands and seals this 5th day of March, 

1733-4- 



David Ensign, ls. 
Sarah X Ensign, ls. 
Silence Moodey, ls. 
Nathaniel Moodey, ls. 
Samuel Moodey, Guardian ls. 
to Adonijah Moodey, ls. 



Patience Moodey, ls. 
Sarah X Moodey, ls. 
John Moodey, ls. 
Samuel Moodey, ls. 
Ebenezer Moodey, ls. 



Court Record, Page 108 (Vol. XI) 5 March, 1733-4: An agree- 
ment to settle the estate was exhibited in Court and accepted. Adonijah 
Moodey, a minor, 16 years of age, chose his brother Samuel Moodey to 
be his guardian. Recog., £50. 



Moore, Peletiah, Estate, Windsor. Court Record, Page 5 — 4 No- 
vember, 1729 : Adms. to John and Ebenezer Moore. 



Moore, Samuel, Estate, Windsor. Court Record, Page 99 — 6 No- 
vember, 1733 : Adms. to Damaris Moore, widow. Recog., £500, with 
John Moore. 



Page 206. 
Add. Invt. in Vol. XII, Page 232. 

Moses, Aaron, Windsor. Invt. £66-16-09. Taken 22 May, 1732, 
by Giles Elsworth, Samuel Stoughton and John Allyn. Additional invt. 
of lands in Simsbury valued at £40-02-08, taken 2 December, 1735, by 
Joseph Case and Benjamin Addams. 

Court Record, Page 67 — 9 May, 1732 : Adms. granted to John Thrall 
of Windsor, who, with Joseph Cornish of Simsbury, recog. in £200. And 
the Adms. suspects the estate insolvent. 

Page 76—7 November, 1732: John Thrall, Adms., exhibits an ac- 
count of his Adms. and reports the estate insolvent. This Court appoint 
Roger Newbery and John Warham Strong commissioners. 



88 PROBATE RECORDS. VOL. XI^ 

corded. And John North, father of the sd. deceased, being appointed an 
executor of the sd. will, appeared in Court and refused the trust and de- 
sired that Benjamin Judd, Jr., of Farmingtown, might take Adms. on the 
estate, whereupon this Court grants Adms. on sd. estate unto the sd. Ben- 
jamin Judd, Jr., with the will annexed, and he gave bond with his father 
Benjamin Judd. 

Page 90 — ist May, 1733: Invt. exhibited by Benjamin Judd, Jr., and 
John Woodruff, Jr. 

Page 6 (Vol. XII) 2 July, 1734: Benjamin Judd, Adms., exhibited 
an account of his Adms. Accepted. 

Page 18 — 7 January, 1734-5 : Benjamin Judd, Adms., may sell land 
to procure the sum of £21-04-10. 



Page 96-7. 

North, Joseph, Sen., Farmington. Invt. £243- 10-01. Taken 30 
January, 1 730-1, by Timothy Porter, Isaac Cowles, Sen., and Giles Hoop- 
er. Will dated 24 April, 1724. 

I, Joseph North, Sen., of the Town of Farmington, do make this my 
last will and testament: It having pleased God, in His holy, wise prov- 
idence, to deny me heirs of my own body, I have already by deed settled 
the greatest part of my freehold estate upon my neare kinsman, Joseph 
Woodruff. It is therefore my special care now in this my will that my 
wife, who, through her great pains, prudence, and industry hath been a great 
builder of my house, may be comfortably carried through this world. 
Therefore, I do give unto Martha, my wife, and to her heirs and assigns 
forever, all my estate, both real and personal. More particularly I do give 
to my wife 2 parcells of land, both of them lying and being within the 
bounds of the Township of Farmingtown, viz., one percell of land lying 
neare a place called Purgatory, containing about 7 acres, be the same 
more or less, adjoining northerly on land of Samuel Cowles ; also one 
parcel of land lying on the contrary side of the highway against Smith 
Gridley's house, containing 6 acres, be the same more or less, bounded as 
followeth : east with land formerly Joseph Smith's, west with the land of 
Thomas North, north with a highway, and south with land belonging 
to the heirs of William Judd. Also, I give unto my wife, to be at her own 
dispose forever, all my personal estate of all sorts without exception, which 
I now have or shall be mine at my decease. Also, I do give unto my wife, 
during the term of her natural life, the use and profit of my land in the 
Common Field neare the Round Hill ; also that part of my house, barn 
and homelott whereof I made a reserve in the deed of conveyance I made 
to my aforesd. kinsman Joseph Woodruff. And further, if I, the sd. Jo- 
seph North, through necessity should in my lifetime make dispose of any 
particular thing or things willed to my wife as above entered (which my 
purpose is to avoid as much and as well as I can), that then my will is 



1729 TO 1732. PROBATE RECORDS. 89 

that her right to the remainder should be no ways altered or weakened 
thereby. And I hereby make Martha my wife my only and sole executrix. 
Witness: John Hooker, Sen., Joseph North, ls. 

Abigail Hooker, Sen., Sarah Hooker. 

Court Record, Page 39 — 2 March, 1 730-1 : Will exhibited by the 
executrix, who declined the trust and was appointed Adms. with the will 
annexed. 



Invt. on Page 290. Will in Vol. XIII, Page 331. 

Northam, John, Colchester. Invt. £138-04-00. Taken ist Decem- 
ber, 1732, by Samuel Loomis and Joseph Wright. 

Will dated 11 October, 1732: I, John Northam of Colchester, do 
make this my last will and testament: I give to my wife Hannah 1-3 
part of my real estate during life, and 1-3 part of my personal estate to 
be her own forever. I give unto my son John, when he comes of age, 
65 acres of land lying upon Diceson Stream, with all my divisions to be 
laid out in the undivided lands in Colchester excepting the sequestered 
commons, ye which I give, with all my moveable estate, to be equally di- 
vided amongst my 9 daughters by my executors hereafter named, as they 
shall come of age of 18 years or be married. I appoint my wife Hannah 
and my brother Noah Pomeroy to be sole executors. 
Witness : Ephraim Little, John Northam, ls. 

Ebeneser Northam, Ebenezer Day. 

Court Record, Page 94 — 3 July, 1733: Will returned to Colchester 
that the proofs may be amended, and Adms. granted to Hannah Northam, 
widow, with the will annexed. Recog., £200, with James Church. 

Page 109 — 7 March, 1733-4: Will now returned, fully proven. 

Page 332 (Probate Side, Vol. XIII) 11 April, 1749: We, the sub- 
scribers, Adms. Cum Testimento to the last will and testament of John 
Northam, late of Colchester deed., have set out and delivered to each 
daughter that part of the real estate that was willed to them, there being 
8 remaining (one dead) : Two divisions of land, one of 70 acres and one 
of 45 acres, the 70 acres valued as one-third better by the acre than the 
45 acres. We set out to ye 5 eldest daughters, viz., Lurana, Hannah, Sarah, 
Ruhamah and Ann, that 70 acres on the east side of Dickinson's Stream, 
they paying to the other three daughters, viz., Abigail, Katharine and Ex- 
perience, iio-io-oo to each. We also set out to Abigail, Katharine and 
Experience the 45 acres division joyning upon Middletown line, as it is 
upon record, to their satisfaction. Noah Pomery, 

Hannah Foot. 

21 April, 1749. Test: Joseph Talcott, Clerk. 

Page 96 (Vol. XV) 21 April, 1749: An account of Adms. was now 
exhibited in Court by Hannah Northam, one of the Adms. with the will 
annexed, by which account she has paid in debts and charges £135-19-00, 



90 PROBATE RECORDS. VOL. XIj 

which account is accepted. Also, the Adms. exhibits a report of the dis- 
tribution of the real estate according to the last will of the sd. deceased, 
which is accepted by the Court. 



Page 295. 

Nott, Elizabeth, of Stepney, Wethersfield. Will dated ist May, 
1733 : I, Elizabeth Nott of Stepney, Wethersfield, having certain lands 
and right to lands which descends to me by inheritance from my father, 
John Hall deed., which I have a mind to dispose of among my children, 
and which, by the free consent of my husband, William Nott, that I 
should dispose of sd. land and rights according to my mind, I do make 
and ordain this my last will and testament: I give to my son Thomas 
Nott my Beaver Meadow lott, containing four acres more or less, bounded 
west upon Beaver Brook, north on heirs of John Belding, south on land 
of Theophilis Sherman. To my sons Abraham and William Nott my lott 
in Dry Swamp, containing 8 acres more or less, bounded west on a high- 
way, north on lands of Ebenezer Belding, south on lands of Daniel Board- 
man, east on land of Capt. Joshua Robbins, to be divided equally between 
them. I give to my son William Nott my lott lying in the middle tier of 
lotts at the head of Hog Brook, 10 acres more or less, bounded north on 
a highway, south on a highway, east on land belonging to Noah Wad- 
dams, west on land of my husband's. I give to my daughters Jemima 
and Elizabeth Nott my lott where my father lived, 6 acres more or less, 
bounded north on a highway, east on a highway, south on land of Samuel 
Smith, west on land of Sergt. Dickinson. My will and desire is that my 
husband William Nott should be the executor of this my will. 

Witness : Daniel Russell, Elizabeth Nott, ls. 

Benjamin Wright, Gideon Goodrich. 

This will was read in the hearing of William Nott, the husband of sd. 
Elizabeth Nott, and he manifested his free consent and concurrence to the 
whole of the above-written will. And as an evidence of his free consent 
and approving of the same, has hereunto set his hand and seal this ist day 
of May, in the year above mentioned. 

Witness : Daniel Russell, William Nott, ls. 

Benjamin Wright, Gideon Goodrich. 

Court Record, Page 95 — 7 August, 1733: Will exhibited by William 
Nott. 



Page 184, 259. 



Olcott, Cullick, Hartford. Invt. £17-08-06. Taken 8 May, 173 
by Nathaniel Olcott and David Smith. Will dated 22 January, 173 1-2. 



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1729 TO 1732. PROBATE RECORDS. Ql 

I, Cullick Olcott of Hartford, doe make this my last will and testa- 
ment : I give and bequeath to Susannah, my wife, 75 shillings in money. 
I give to my son Thomas Olcott all my goods, debts and moveable estates 
and lands, except £$, which I give to my daughter Hannah Olcott, and 
the above-written 5 shillings given to my wife. I make my brother Josiah 
Olcott sole executor of this my last will and testament. 
Witness : John Bonnell, Cullick Olcott, ls. 

Nathaniel Olcot, Thomas Olcot. 

Court Record, Page 67 — 9 May, 1732: Will now exhibited by Josiah 
Olcot. Proven. 



Page 239-345. 

Osgood, Jeremiah, Middletown. Invt. £170-08-03. Taken 25 No- 
vember, 1732, by John Collins, Ephraim Adkins and Jonah Strickland. 

Court Record, Page 79 — 19 December, 1732: Adms. granted to 
Ephraim Adkins, and he reports the estate insolvent. This Court there- 
fore appoint Seth Wetmore and Nathaniel Browne commissioners. 

Page 103 — 1st January, 1733-4: This Court grant the Adms. further 
time to make up his account. 

Page 9 (Vol. XH) 3 September, 1734: Report of the commissioners, 
viz., Nathaniel Browne, Seth Wetmore and Ephraim Adkins. This 
Court order an average to be made. 

Page 102 (Vol. XV) 6 June, 1749: Jeremiah Hubbard Osgood, a 
minor, 15 years of age, son of Jeremiah Osgood, chose Samuel Galpin 
of Middletown to be his guardian. Recog., £600. 



Page 148, 193. 

Pasco, Jonathan, Stafford. Invt. £567-17-00. Taken 20 February, 
1728-9, by Benjamin Howard and Samuel Warner. Will dated 23 Jan- 
uary, 1728-9. 

I, Jonathan Pasco, planter, of Stafford, in the County of Hartford, 
do make this my last will and testament : I give to my honoured and 
tender mother my house lott whereon my house stands, to her and her 
heirs forever. I give to John Burroughs, Jr., son to my sister Elizabeth 
deceased, 50 acres of land; also to Timothy Simmons, son of my sister 
Margaret, I give 50 acres of land, which these 50 acres lyes in the North 
Village of Stafford in one tract. I give to my brother John Pasco 100 
acres of land in Staiiford, lying northwest of John Clemmons's house lot. 
Also, I give to my brother James Pasco my home lott of 50 acres on ye 
west side of Town Street in Stafford. As to my moveable estate I dispose 
of it as followeth : To my intended spouse. Experience Church, I give 
my heifer and least brown steare, the rest of my stock to pay my debts 
and to be sold to pay any necessary charges, at the discretion of my execu- 



92 PROBATE RECORDS. VOL, XI, 

tors, namely, my honoured mother, my brother John Pasco, and my 
brother John Warner, whom I order to pay to my two sisters, Sarah Had- 
locks and Margery Bement, £4 apiece. I give to Jonathan Pasco, son of 
my brother John Pasco, my Cedar Swamp lott, to him and his heirs for- 
ever. 

Witness : John Graham, John Pasco, ls. 

Samuel Warner, Benjamin Rockwell. 

Court Record, Page 16 — 3 March, 1729-30: Will proven. 



Page 312. 
Will on Page 340. Invt. on Page 219, Vol. XII, and Page 67, Vol. XXI. 

Phelps, Abraham, Windsor. Invt. £1896-19-02. Taken by Israel 
Stoughton, Jonathan Styles and Peletiah AUyn ; David Elsworth, Samuel 
Stoughton and Noah Bissell; 4 February, 1733-4, and 2 January, 1771. 
Will dated 24 August, 1733. 

I, Abraham Phelps of Windsor, do make this my last will and testa- 
ment : I give unto my kinsman Samuel Stiles and Mary his wife all my 
moveable estate. I give unto Jonathan Pinney, son of Humphrey Pinney 
of Windsor, part of the lott which was my grandfather Pinney 's, on the 
east side of the Great River, viz., that part which lyeth on the east side of 
the country road. I give unto John Phelps, the 2nd son of John Phelps, 
my lott which was purchased of Joseph Phelps, lying on the east side of 
the Great River in Windsor, being 12 rods in breadth, running from the 
Great River 3 miles, conditioned that he pay unto my executor hereafter 
mentioned the sum of i6o within six months. And if the sd. John Phelps 
the 2nd doth not pay the aforesd. sum of i6o within six months to my 
executor, then I give it to Samuel Stiles and Mary Stiles (his present 
wife) and their heirs forever. And if the sd. John Phelps the 2nd doth 
pay the sd. sum of i6o, then I give to my executor £20 out of the sd. £60. 
And I give to Benjamin Enno, the son of Sergt. James Enno, £20. I 
also give to that part of Mr. Marsh's Society on the north side of the 
Rivulet, for use and benefit of schooling, £20. My will is that my kins- 
man Samuel Stiles of Windsor be my sole executor. 
Witness : Israel Stoughton, Abraham Phelps, ls. 

Jonathan Stiles, Samuel Stoughton. 

An addition to invt. of Estate of Capt. Abraham Phelps formerly of 
Windsor (in Vol. XXI, Page 67), which is as followeth: 

i s d 
108 acres of land in East Windsor, 179-00-00 

75 " " " " Colebrook, ist division, 41-05-00 
145 " " " " " 2nd division, 61-12-06 

92 " " " " " 3rd division, 16-02-00 

II " " " 4-02-06 

76 " " " " Ellington Parish or Society, " 95-00-00 



1729 TO 1732. PROBATE RECORDS. 93 

Date, 2 January, 1771. Taken by David Els worth, Samuel Stough- 
ton and Noah Bissell. 

Court Record, Page 98 — 2 October, 1733 : Will exhibited. 
Page 104 — 28 December, 1733: Invt. exhibited. 



Page 170. 

Phelps, David, Windsor. Invt. £55-07-05. Taken by Joseph Barn- 
ard and Nathaniel Pinney. 

Court Record, Page 61 — 19 February, 1731-2. Adms. to Thomas 
Phelps of Windsor. 



Will and Invt. in Vol. XII, Page 246. 

Phelps, Sergt. William, Windsor. Invt. taken ist March, 1733-4, 
by Jacob Drake, Nathaniel Drake and Timothy Loomis. Will dated 21 
September, 1733. 

I, William Phelps of Windsor, do make this my last will and testa- 
ment: I give to my wife Ruth the use and improvement of 1-2 of my 
dwelling house and homelott, 1-2 of my meadow land, and ye liberty of 
pasturing two cowes in my pasture on the west side of the road, all during 
her natural life. Also, I give unto her i feather bed and furniture, and a 
brass kettle she brought with her, and one cow, and £10 of my moveable 
estate (to be taken at inventory price) as she shall choose, and also £3 
worth of provision and 1-2 of my wool and flax, to be to her own use and 
dispose forever. Also, I give unto her, for her use if she shall want the 
same, all the wood I have in my homelott and pasture. I give unto Wil- 
liam Phelps, my eldest son, all the lands I have at the place called the Mill 
Brook. In case he have no lawfull issue, he shall have the use of sd. lands 
during his natural life. And if my son Ebenezer shall be helpful to him 
and be at cost and charge in helping of him under any difficulty he may 
be under by reason of his weakness and infirmity or otherwise as he may 
be in necessity of, that he shall be rewarded for the same out of sd. lands. 
And after the decease of my sd. son William, if he shall not have heirs 
as aforesd., not haveing necessity of spending the same, that then the 1-2 
of the remainder that he shall leave I give and bequeath to my son Eben- 
ezer and to his heirs forever, and ye other half to my two sons Caleb and 
Jacob forever. Also, I give to my son William all my woolen wearing 
apparrel. My will and pleasure is that my three sons, viz., Ebenezer, 
Caleb and Jacob, shall have equal share of my estate. And inasmuch as 
Ebenezer has already received near £80, as by my book may appear, my 
will is that Caleb and Jacob, and their heirs and assigns forever, shall 
have so much of my land (where they shall choose) as is inventoried ac- 
cordingly and will amount to such sum to each of them as I have given 
already to Ebenezer. My will is that all the remainder of my lands shall 
be equally divided between my three sons, Ebenezer, Caleb and Jacob. I 






94 PROBATE RECORDS. VOL. XIj 

give unto my daughter Ruth i8o, to be paid her out of my moveable 
estate at inventory apprisement (excepting £3 of the worst of my estate 
not to be forst upon her). Also, I give unto her half of my wool and half 
of my flax, also a pilion and pilion cloth, and i cotton sheet. My will 
and pleasure is that Ebenezer Phelps, Caleb Phelps and Jacob Phelps be 
my executors. 

Witness : Cornelius Brown, William Phelps, ls. 

Matthew Phelps, Henry Allyn. 

A codicil, dated 3 November, 1733 : Wherein he gives his three sons 
a right to cut firewood from the land given to William ; provides a special 
legacy to Caleb because of his service with me since he was 21 years of 
age ; and enlarges the legacy to his daughter Ruth. 
Witness : Samuel Brown, William Phelps, ls. 

Cornelius Brozvn, Jr., Henry Allyn. 

Court Record, Page 108 — 5 March, 1733-4: Will proven. 

Page 21 (Vol. XII) 22 February, 1734-5: Ebenezer Phelps, an heir 
to the estate and one of the executors, moves this Court for a distribution. 
This Court appoint Capt. Henry Allyn, Roger Newbery and Lt. John 
Cook, of Windsor, distributors. 



Page 172. 
Agreement on Page 190, Probate Side. 

Pitkin, Nathaniel, Hartford. Died 20 February, 1731. Invt. £1348- 
09-00. Taken 17 March, 173 1-2, by Ozias Pitkin, Nehemiah Olmsted 
and William Cowles. Will dated 8 October, 1730. 

I, Nathaniel Pitkin of Hartford, do make this my last will and testa- 
ment: I give to my wife Elizabeth Pitkin out of my moveable estate ii20 
at inventory price, to be at her own dispose forever; and also 1-3 part of 
my lands for her use during life, and the use of 1-2 of my dwelling house, 
barn, stable and cow house, during the time she remains my widow. I 
also give my wife Elizabeth the use of all the estate, real or personal, 
which is in this my will given to my daughter Elizabeth Pitkin, until she 
attain the age of 18 years, or marriage if before. And whereas, there 
is in my possession one great brass kettle, one two-eared silver cup and 
divers other small things of household stuff (all which may be found en- 
tered in the small paper book, folio the 2nd), which sd. goods were never 
my estate, but were given by my honoured mother-in-law, Mrs. Russell de- 
ceased, to my daughter Elizabeth Pitkin, which sd. goods I desire my wife 
to take into her care in trust for my sd. daughter, hereby quiting all right, 
title, interest and demand to the same, both to my wife and daughter 
aforenamed. Further, I give to my three grandchildren, viz., David, 
Nathaniel and Jonathan Hills, to each of them a Bible as a token of my 
love, if they or any of them live to the age of 8 years. Further, I give all 



1729 TO 1732. PROBATE RECORDS. 95 

the rest of my estate, real and personal, to be equally divided amongst my 
daughters, viz., Esther Pitkin, Ann Hills, Dorothy Roberts, Hannah Ol- 
cot, Deborah Pitkin and Elizabeth Pitkin, only it is to be understood that 
what my daughters Ann Hills, Dorothy Roberts and Hannah Olcot have 
already received shall be reckoned to each of them. I appoint my son 
David Hills, William Pitkin and my wife Elizabeth Pitkin executors. 

Witness : Timothy Cowles, William Cowles, Nathaniel Pitkin, ls. 
Roger Pitkin, Jonathan Pitkin. 

Court Record, Page 62 — 7 March, 173 1-2: Will proven. 
Page 64 — 31 January, 1731-2: Elizabeth Pitkin, a minor, chose her 
mother, Mrs. Elizabeth Pitkin, to be her guardian. Recog., £$0. 

Page 190 (Probate Side) : 

To all people to whom these presents shall come, greeting: 

Know ye that we, Esther Pitkin, Anne Hills, Dorothy Roberts, Han- 
nah Olcott, Deborah Pitkin and Elizabeth Pitkin, all of the Town of Hart- 
ford, children and heirs of Mr. Nathaniel Pitkin : 

Whereas, our honoured father having of his free will and good plea- 
sure by his last will given and divided unto us the sd. heirs the whole of 
his estate, both real and personal, to be equally divided amongst us after 
all just debts and legacies are paid, the remaining part to be divided 
amounts to £1425-15-09 at inventory price, of which estate each single 
share is £237-12-06 ; and for the peaceable enjoyment of sd. estate we have 
agreed that the estate shall be divided amongst us, allowing each their 
respective portions. 

In confirmation whereof we have hereunto set to our hands and seals 
this third day of July, 1732. 



Hannah X Olcott, ls. 
Deborah Pitkin, ls. 
Elizabeth Pitkin, ls. 
OziAS Pitkin, 
William Pitkin, 
Elizabeth Pitkin, 
as Guardian. 



David Hills, ls. 
Benjamin Roberts, ls. 
Nathaniel Olcott, ls. 
Esther X Pitkin, ls. 
Ann X Hills, ls. 
Dorothy X Roberts, ls. 

Witness : Eliphalet Whiting, 

Deodatt Woodbridge. 

Court Record, Page 73 — ist Avigust, 1732: Agreement exhibited 
and accepted by the Court and ordered to be filed. 

Page 289 (Probate Side, Vol. XHI) : Estate of Nathaniel Pitkin, 
Hartford : Articles of agreement concluded between David Hills and 
Anne his wife, Benjamin Roberts and Dorothy his wife, Nathaniel Olcott 
and Hannah his wife, and Elizabeth Pitkin (daughter of Mr. Nathaniel 
Pitkin, late of Hartford deceased), all of Hartford, for the dividing of 
the estate of our sister Esther Pitkin, late of Hartford aforesd., deceased 



9^ PROBATE RECORDS. VOL. XI, 

on the 27th day of February, 1732-3, and also for the dividing of the 
estate of our sister Deborah Pitkin, late of Hartford aforesd., who de- 
ceased on the 14th day of June, 1733 : 

We have, and by these presents do mutually agree, to divide the 
aforesd. estate: First — We do each of us above mentioned acknowledge 
we have received to our full satisfaction our respective parts and shares 
of the moveable part of the aforesd. estate, and we do now agree that each 
of the surviving heirs shall have their part of the real estate. 

And for full confirmation of all the foregoing articles of agreement, 
I, Elizabeth Pitkin of Hartford, guardian to Elizabeth Pitkin, by and with 
the advice of Ozias Pitkin, Esq., and William Pitkin, have hereunto set 
our hands and seals. 



David Hills, ls.^ 
Benjamin Roberts, ls., 
Nathll Olcott, ls., 
Elizabeth X Pitkin, ls.. 



Anne Hills, ls. 
Dorothy X Roberts, ls. 
Hannah X Olcott, ls. 
Elizabeth X Pitkin, ls. 



Witness : Stephen Olmsted, 
Joseph Bidzvell. 

Before me, William Pitkin, Just. Peace. 



Page 242. 

Plumer, Hannah, Stafford. Will dated 18 April, 1732: I, Hannah 
Plumer of Stafford, in the County of Hartford, do make this my last will 
and testament : I give to my daughter Deborah Plumer my house and 10 
acres of land of my home lott (at the north end of sd. lott, butting on the 
highway). I give to my daughter another tract of land containing 45 
acres of meadow, butting on a brook called Roaring Brook, all which 
land as it is described in the Records in Stafford. I do make my daughter 
Deborah my sole executrix. Also do constitute her to pay all my just 
and honest debts, and to receive all debts due to me. I give to my son 
Samuel Plumer's heirs 20 acres of land in Stafford (at the south end of 
my homelott), or the value of it, two years after my death. I give to my 
son Sampson Plumer 10 acres of my homelott at the south end, or the 
value of it. I give to my daughter Elizabeth 10 acres of my homelott in 
Stafford, or the value of it. These three last parcells of land to be taken 
off at the south end of my homelott. I give to my son Moses Plumer 5 
shillings in full as his portion. I give to my son Aaron Plumer 5 shillings. 
I give to my son Joseph Plumer 5 shillings. I give to my son David 
Plumer 5 shillings. I give to my son Eliphalet Plumer 5 shillings. I give 
to my son Nathaniel Plumer 5 shillings. I give to my daughter Miriam 
5 shillings. I give to my daughter Hannah 5 shillings. I give to the heirs 
of my daughter Sarah 5 shillings. I give to my daughter Deborah 
Plumer and to my daughter Elizabeth Plumer all my household goods in 



1729 TO 1732. PROBATE RECORDS. 97 

Haverhill and in Stafford, bedding, pewter vessels, iron, brass, wood and 
chests, with all manner of household stuff belonging to me whatsoever. 
Witness : Josiah Standish, Hannah X Plumer, ls. 

Daniel Warner, Thomas Rood. 

Court Record, Page yi — 6 June, 1732: Will proven. 



Porter, Daniel. Court Record, Page yy — 17 November, 1732: 
Daniel Porter, a minor, chose Timothy Porter of Farmington to be his 
guardian. Recog., iioo. 



Page 329-30. 

Porter, Samuel, Kensington. Invt. £155-05-11. Taken 28 April, 
1733' by Thomas Hart and Hezekiah Hooker. Will dated 10 March, 

1732-3- 

I, Samuel Porter of the Parish of Kensington, son of Nehemiah 

Porter of Farmingtown deceased, husbandman, give to my well-beloved 
friend Marcy Hubbard, of sd. Kensington, daughter to Lt. George Hub- 
bard, the full and just sum of £20 money, to be raised out of my real 
estate. I give unto my brother John Porter 1-6 part of the remainder of 
my estate. I also give unto my brother Thomas Porter 1-6 part of it. I 
also give unto my brother Jonathan Porter 1-6 part of it. I also give to 
my sister Martha Porter, alias Ashman, 1-6 part of it. I give unto my 
sister Hannah Porter, alias Castle, 1-6 part of it. I also give unto my 
sister Rachel Porter, alias Hancox, 1-6 part of it. And I appoint my 
friend, Lt. George Hubbard of Kensington, executor. 
Witness : Hezekiah Hooker, Samuel Porter, ls. 

Amos Porter, Isaac Peck. 

Court Record, Page 89 — 28 April, 1733: Will now exhibited by the 
executor named in the will, who refused the trust, and this Court do grant 
letters of Adms. unto her. 

Page 4 (Vol. XH) 2 May, 1734: George Hubbard, Adms. with the 
will annexed, exhibits as debt a legacy of £20 given by will to Mary 
Hubbard of Kensington, daughter to Lt. George Hubbard. Debts now 
amount to £62-14-11, and for the payment thereof there is nothing in the 
Adms. hands. 

Page 10 — 19 September, 1734: Per act of the General Assembly of 
9th May, 1734, the Adms. may sell 2 acres of land, with house and orchard 
thereon, in Kensington. 

Page 16 — 13 December, 1734: Report of the sale of land by the 
Adms. Sold to Jonathan Porter of Farmington. Nathaniel Winchell, 
bidder, £48 money. 

Page 22 (Vol. Xni, Probate Side) : Whereas, Samuel Porter, in his 
will dated 10 March, 1733, gave to Mercy Hubbard, the daughter of Lt. 
George Hubbard, £20 money, to be raised out of his real estate if there 



98 PROBATE RECORDS. VOL. XI, 

should not be enough of the moveables, the sd. George Hubbard in the 
will was named executor, which trust he refused, when the Prerogative 
Court for the District of Hartford did appoint him Adms., the moveables 
were not sufficient to discharge the debts, and of necessity the legacy 
should be paid out of the real estate to the sd. Mercy, who is now the 
wife of Daniel Smith of the Parish of Kensington, according to the true 
intent of the will of the sd. testator, I, George Hubbard, Adms., have 
set out to sd. Daniel Smith and Mercy his wife, in right of the sd. Mercy, 
1-2 of a certain lott of land of which the sd. testator and one Amos Porter, 
of Middletown, stood seized at the death of sd. testator. The sd. Amos's 
share or right is now belonging to Jonathan Edwards, about 14 acres more 
or less. Inveritory price, £18-15-00, and is to be accounted at that price 
in part of sd. legacy. 
Witness : Joseph Talcott, George Hubbard, ls. 

Jerusha Talcott. 
13 December, 1737. Test: Joseph Talcott, Jr., Clerk. 



Page 158. Will on Page 188. 

Primus, a Free Negro, Wethersfield. Invt. i47-i5-o7>^. Taken 
27 December, 1731, by Samuel Benton, Charles Bulkeley and John Crane. 
.Will dated 17 November, 1731. Presented in Court, 4 April, 1732. 

Primus, negro man, formerly of Hatfield, in Hampshire County, in 
Province of Mass. Bay, in New England, and of late belonging to Wethers- 
field, in the County of Hartford and Colony of Connecticut, now, on the 
16 day of November, about 9 of the clock in the morning, deceased be- 
ing at the dwelling house of Samuel Dyx in sd. Wethersfield, and sensible 
his death was drawing on or near, as he supposed on sd. day before his 
decease, having a desire to settle and dispose of what estate he had gotten 
and earned in the world (Mary the wife of Samuel Dyx and Mary the 
wife of Jonathan Blynn being then present), declared what hi^ mind and 
will was as to his estate, and they were desired to take notice thereof. 
The sd. Mary Dyx says that she heard sd. negro man say that he. had 
about 5 loads of Indian come at Bezaleel Lattemore's, and about 40 bush- 
els of oats, and sd. Lattemore owed him £10-05-00 in money; and John 
Dyx owes him £5 mony, and Daniel Warner something, they could not 
tell what it was ; and further, he said he would have Noadiah Dickinson 
and Daniel Warner, Jr., take care of sd. corne and mony, and git it in 
and pay his just debts, and the remainder they might have between them. 
The above written was writt on the 17th day of November, 1731, by me, 
David Goodrich, Justice of the Peace. 

Before the Court of Probates holden at Hartford, 4th April, Ann. 
Dom. 1732, then personally appeared Noadiah Dickinson and Mary Dyx, 
both of lawfuU age, and made oath to the truth of the above written nun- 
cupative or verball will of Primus, negro, and it is proved and approved 
to be sd. negro's will so far as it relates to Daniel Warner, Jr. 

Talcott, Judge. 
Test: Jos: Talcott, Junr., Clerk. 



1729 TO 1732. PROBATE RECORDS. 99 

Court Record, Page 56 — 19 November, 1731 : Adms. to Noadiah 
Dickinson. 

Page 37 (Vol. XII) 10 December, 1735: Noadiah Dickinson, Adms., 
exhibited an account of his Adms., which is accepted by the Court. 



Page 127. 

Ray, James, Sen., Haddam. Died i March, 1 730-1. Invt. i355- 
02-10. Taken 24 March, 1730-1, by Simon Smith, Thomas Shaylor and 
Joseph Arnold. Will dated 14 January, 1 730-1. 

I, James Ray, Sen., of Haddam, in the County of Hartford, do make 
and ordain this my last will and testament: Imprimis. I give and be- 
queath unto my beloved wife Elizabeth the use of all my household goods 
during her life, and do hereby bind and oblige my two sons, James Ray 
and Joseph Ray, at all times to take a tender and constant care of my 
wife, their mother, and to provide all necessaries for her comfort during 
her natural life. I give to my son James Ray all my land on the west side 
of the highway butting on the country road, which land I bought of the 
Ackleys, and all the land that I bought of John Kennerd on the west and 
east side of sd. highway or country road. Further, I conditionally give 
to my son James Ray my lott in the Cone Meadow, provided that he the sd. 
James Ray pay to my grandson Samuel Bump of Bolton £30 when sd. 
Bump shall arrive at the age of 21 years. But if sd. Bump should dye be- 
fore that age, then my lott shall be my son James Ray's forever. I give 
to my son Joseph Ray 81-2 acres of land near or adjoining to his own 
land at Prospect Hill. I give to my grandson Isaac Ray my lott of land 
that lyes near to Benjamin Towner's, also a right of £20 in all undivided 
lands in Haddam West Side. I give to my daughter Anne Dunk i cowe 
and all my household goods of all sorts, as beds and bedding, woolen and 
linen, pewter, brass, iron and wood, to be delivered to sd. Anne or her 
children at the death of my wife or soon after. I give to my granddaugh- 
ter Elizabeth Ray a heifer. I further give to my son Joseph Ray my plow, 
with the irons, chain, clevy, and all my irons belonging to the cart and 
wheels, as hoops, boxes or other. Under several considerations, and 
sufficient reasons in my own breast, I give to my son Peter Ray one 
shilling in money and nothing more. Further, I give to my two sons, 
James Ray and Joseph Ray, all my stock of creatures, as cattle, sheep and 
horse kind, to be equally between them two divided, except what is above 
disposed of. I make my son James Ray sole executor. 

Witness : Joseph Arnold, James Ray, ls. 

^Nathaniel Tyler, Solomon Bates, Jr. 

Court Record, Page 47 — 28 June, 1731 : Will proven, except the 
testator had not given the widow her dower. The executor declined the 
trust. 



100 . PROBATE RECORDS. VOL. XI, 

Page 237. 

Remolds, James, Wethersfield. Invt. £612-05-11. Taken 7 Decem- 
ber, 1732, by Michael Griswold, Ebenezer Belding- and Jonathan Robbins. 

Court Record, Page 68 — 20 May, 1732 : Adms. granted to Anna 
Reinolds, widow, and unto John Reinolds. 

Page 63 (Vol. XIII) 3 April, 1740: John Reinolds, Adms., ex- 
hibited an account of his Adms., which the Court accepted. And this 
Court appoint John Reinolds to be guardian unto James Reinolds, a minor, 
9 years of age, son of James Reinolds, late deceased. Recog., £300. 

Page 41 (Vol. XV) 7 July, 1747: Hezekiah Reinolds, a minor, 16 
years of age, son of James Reinolds, chose his grandfather John Reinolds 
of Wethersfield to be his guardian. Recog., £500. 



Page 266. 

Richards, Samuel, Hartford. Invt. £483-17-06. Taken 13 Feb- 
ruary, 1732-3, by Daniel Webster and Jacob Kellogg. 

Court Record, Page 81 — 6 February, 1732-3: Adms. granted to 
James and Daniel Richards, sons of the deed., who, with their uncle, 
Thomas Richards, recognized in £300. 

Agreement on File: 

An agreement, made this 5th March, 1732-3, between the heirs of 
Samuel Richards, concerning the estate and the widow's dowry, to which 
she doth agree : 

£ s d 
To the widow, Hannah, 21-14-05 

To Jonah Richards, eldest son, 133-01-00 

To James Richards, 135-17-06 

To Daniel Richards, besides rights in land, the sum of 7-12-00 

To John Merrells and Lydia his wife, their part received at marriage. 
To Ebenezer Judd and Hannah his wife, their part received at marriage. 
To Hannah Richards, her part to be in moveable estate. 

And the foregoing parties, and each of us, subscribe and doe acknowl- 
edge ourselves fully satisfied and contented as our and each of our full 
part of our sd. father, Samuel Richards's, estate, and do acquit the Adms. 
and each other from any demands therefore from us and each of us. 



Jonah Richards, ls. 
James Richards, ls. 
Daniel Richards, ls. 



Esther X Richards, ls. 
John Merrell, ls. 
Ebenezer Judd, ls. 



Page 84 — 6 March, 1732-3 : Agreement exhibited in Court and ac- 
cepted. 



1729 TO 1732. PROBATE RECORDS. lOI 

Page 317. 

Riley, David, Stepney. Will dated 25 November, 1730. I, David 
Riley, of the Parish of Stepney, in the County of Hartford, being bound 
on a voyage to sea, do make this my last will and testament : I give to my 
beloved mother, Sarah Riley, whom I constitute executrix of this my last 
will, all my whole estate, both real and personal, for her use during her 
natural life. The whole of my moveable estate she may spend if she 
stands in need of, for her own support in her lifetime. Next, what of my 
estate shall be left after my sd. mother's decease, to be divided equally 
between my brothers and sisters. 

Witness : Jonathan Curtis, David Riley, ls. 

Benjamin Denting, Charles Deming. 

Court Record, Page 100 — 6 November, 1733: Will exhibited in 
Court by Sarah Riley, executrix. Proven. 

Page 6 (Vol. XII) 31 May, 1734: Invt. exhibited. 

Page 84 (Vol. XIII) 9 March, 1740-1 : Sarah Riley being deceased, 
Jonathan Riley was appointed Adms. on the estate of Mrs. Sarah Riley, 
and also upon the unfinished Adms. on the estate of David Riley. Jona- 
than Riley, who was appointed administrator, exhibits an account : Paid 
in debts, £33-04-03. Which account is accepted and ordered on file. 

Page 89 — 20 May, 1741 : An addition to the accompt of £10-10 was 
exhibited by Jonathan Riley, Adms., which account is accepted. 

Page 91 — 21 June, 1741 : Jonathan Riley, Adms., by act of the last 
General Assembly, may sell land (about 5 acres) to the value of £36-07-00, 
which land butts east on land of Stephen Willard and John Morton, west 
on a highway, north on ye heirs of Richard Robbins, south on lands of 
Josiah Griswold and David Wright, and make deed to him or them that 
shall purchase sd. land, and make return thereof to this Court. 

Page 97 — 19 August, 1741 : David Riley, by his will, after his moth- 
er deceased, gave the remainder of his estate to be equally divided among 
his brothers and sisters, and did not appoint by whom sd. estate should 
be distributed in sd. will. By request of some of the heirs, this Court ap- 
point Deacon Benjamin Wright, Capt. Jacob Williams and Jonathan 
Burnham, distributors. 

Page 49 (Vol. XVI) 7 January, 1752: John Robinson, Jr., of Weth- 
ersfield, being a purchaser of some of the lands of David Riley, now moves 
to this Court that dist. be made of the estate of the deceased : Whereupon 
this Court appoint John Stilman, Capt. Thomas Belding and Mr. Timothy 
Wright to dist. the estate. 

Dist. File: 2 June, 1752: To Jonathan Riley, to Mehetabell, to the 
heirs of Jacob Riley, to Joseph Riley, and to Stephen Riley. By Thomas 
Belding and Timothy Wright. 

Page 65 — 3 June, 1752: Report of the distributors. 



102 PROBATE RECORDS. VOL. XI, 

Page loi. 

Roberts, David, Middletown. Invt. £122-08-07. Taken 16 Decem- 
ber, 1730, by Jonathan Blake and George Hubbard, Sen. 

Court Record, Page 41 — 22 March, 173 1 : Adms. granted to Thank- 
full Roberts, widow. Recog., £200, with Samuel Bow. 

Page 29 (Vol. XII) 1st July, 1735: Thankfull Roberts, Adms., ex- 
hibited an account of her Adms., which is accepted. 

Page 30 (Vol. XIV) 4 October, 1743: Thankfull Roberts, alias 
Cooper, who was the widow and relict of David Roberts, having adminis- 
tered on the estate, now moved to this Court for a dist. The Court so 
ordered, viz., to the widow, Thankfull, and to Jabez, the eldest son, to 
each of them £11-04-04; and to Elias Roberts and Jacob Roberts, younger 
children, to each of them their single portion, which is £5-12-02. And ap- 
point William Rockwell, George Hubbard and Samuel Bow, of Middle- 
town, distributors. 

Page 33 — 16 November, 1743: Report of the distributors. 



Page 123, 

Robbins, Joshua, Wethersfield. The will of Joshua Robbins, Sen., 
dated 26 March, 1730: I have already given unto my eldest son, Joshua 
Robbins, my lot at Stepney, where he dwells, together with all the build- 
ings that I erected thereon ; also my lot that I bought of Phillip Goff and 
Naomy his wife, my lot in Beaver Meadow and my lots that I had of 
Theophilus Sherman, Joseph Barnard and John Adgit. I do further give 
to my son Joshua Robbins my division lot att Newington, about 75 acres ; 
also my five-acre lot in Mile Meadow ; also that part of my lot in the Wet 
Swamp that I bought of Joseph Wolcott ; also my right in a tract of land 
lying on the back side of Rockey Hill, in Wethersfield. I have already 
given unto my youngest son, Jonathan Robbins, half my homestead where 
I now dwell, with half my new house and half my barns that are upon it ; 
also half my lot in ye Heither Plain, half my lot in the Dry Swamp that I 
had of Jonathan Colefax, half my lot at Smith's Landing, purchased of 
John Waddoms, half my lott in the Great Meadow that I had of Graves; 
upon the Westfield Hill, half my lot at Two Stone, purchast of Mr. Ches- 
ter, half of my two lots that I had of David Tryon, and half my 50-acre 
lot. I do hereby give unto my said son Jonathan Robbins, only reserveing 
ye improvement thereof dureing the natural life of his mother, ye other 
half of my homestead where I now dwell, together with ye other half of 
my barns, with all other buildings and things that are erected thereon, 
also the other half of the lots above mentioned. I do hereby further give 
to my said son Jonathan Robbins my lot I bought of Ensign Michael Gris- 
wold, by Tryall's lot ; the remaining part of the lot I had of George Kil- 
bourn, on Vexation Hill ; my four acres I had of Samuel Benton, in the 
Wet Swamp, and the other half of my lot of 50 acres lying next to Far- 



1729 TO 1732. PROBATE RECORDS. IO3 

mington line. Also, I give to my son Jonathan Robbins my right in a 
piece of land that I bought of Martin Kellog, on the burying hill, only 
ordering him said Jonathan Robbins and his successors to set out thereof 
unto the rest of my children and their heirs as they have need for burying 
their dead. I do further give unto my son Jonathan Robbins the one-half 
of all my right in or to the commons or undivided lands in Wethersfield. 
Also, my will is that my five daughters, vizt., Elizabeth the wife of Nath- 
aniel Talcott, Hannah the wife of Joseph Wells, Mary the wife of Joseph 
Treat, Abigail the wife of Silas Belding, and Comfort the wife of John 
Coleman, shall each of them have £150 of my personal estate with what 
each of them have already received, and the rest of my personal estate which 
I have not already given away I leave in the hands of my well-beloved 
wife to improve for her comfortable subsistence and maintenance. And 
also I give iioo of it to Elizabeth, my wife, to do as she pleaseth with it 
if I die before she doth. I do hereby give unto my son Joshua Robbins 
the one-half of all my right in or to the commons or undivided lands in 
Wethersfield. Also, I do further give unto my son Jonathan Robbins my 
coper still and worm, together with all things provided for the work of 
stilling, only reserving the improvement thereof of the one-half of the 
suitable seasons for stilling in each year dureing the natural life of his 
mother. I do appoint my wife and my two sons to be executors. 

Witness : David Goodrich, Joshua Robbins, ls. 

Joshua Robbins, 2nd, 
Daniel Warner. 

Court Record, Page 95 — 3 July, 1733 : Will exhibited in Court by 
Sarah Robbins and Nathaniel Robbins, executors named in sd. will 
Proven. 

Page 41 (Vol. XIII) 6 February, 1738-9: Will now exhibited by 
Jonathan Robbins, who accepted the trust of executorship. Ordered re- 
corded and kept on file. 



Page 297-8. 

Rockwell, Joseph, Windsor. Will dated 12th June, 1733 : I, Joseph 
Rockwell of Windsor, do make this my last will and testament: I give 
to my wife Elizabeth 1-3 part of my personal estate, and also the use of my 
houseing and lands in Windsor during the term of her widowhood. And 
in case she marry, then after that only 1-3 part of my houseing and land 
during the term of her natural life. I give to my son Joseph Rockwell my 
lott at Podunk, as also my lott laid out to me in Windsor in the Mile and 
1-2 Division, and also the lott I bought of Benedict Alford, to my son 
Joseph and his heirs forever. I give to my son Benjamin Rockwell 5 
shillings besides what I have already given him. I give to my son James 
Rockwell all that part of the lott I dwell upon, the whole breadth from the 
street eastward to a pond on the south side of sd. lott, about 100 rods 
east of the street, with the buildings thereon standing, as also the north 



I04 PROBATE RECORDS. VOL. XI, 

half of sd. lott from sd. pond eastward to the end of the lott, as also the 
north half of sd. lott from the drain to the river. I give to my son Job 
Rockwell the lott that I now dwell upon, the whole breadth on the street 
west to the drain called the middle drain, with the buildings thereon 
standing, as also the south half of sd. lott from sd. drain to the river, as 
also the south part or moiety of sd. lott from the pond aforesd. eastward to 
the end of the lott, to be to my son Job and his heirs forever. I give to 
my daughter Elizabeth Rockwell £200, to be paid and delivered to her 
out of my moveable estate at inventory price or in money. I give all my 
other lands (undivided and right to lands) to my 3 sons, Joseph, James 
and Job, to their heirs forever, and to be equally divided between them. 
I appoint my wife Elizabeth and my son Joseph Rockwell sole executors. 

Witness : Roger Wolcott, Joseph Rockwell, ls. 

Timothy Edivards, Josiah Rockwell. 

Court Record, Page 96 — 29 June, 1733: Will exhibited by Elizabeth 
and Joseph Rockwell, executors. 



Page 213. 

RoUo, William, Hebron. Died 30th May, 1732. Invt. £129-09-00 
(personal estate only), taken by Samuel Rowlee, Ebenezer Wilcox and 
Obadiah Dunham. Will dated 14 May, 1731. 

I, William Rollo of Hebron, do make this my last will and testament : 
I give to Patience, my wife, the use of all my homestead, both 
lands and buildings, for the space of 10 years next ensuemg the 
date hereof, and the use of 1-2 of sd. land and buildings after the 
sd. 10 years, so long as she remains my widow. I will that 1-3 
part of all my personal and moveable estate be at her own dispose 
forever. Having given already to my son Zerubbabell 40 acres 
of land out of my own lott, secured by a deed, I do moreover give and 
bequeath to him 10 acres of land, to be taken off at the north end of my 
30-acre division in Hebron. To my beloved son Ellexander I give 42 acres 
of land at East Haddam, to be taken off on the north side of the certain 
division of land that I have there, the whole containing 84 acres.^ Also, 
I give him 1-2 of my common right there. I give to my beloved son 
Ebenezer the other half of my division of land at East Haddam, 42 acres 
on the south side of it, and the 1-2 of the abovesd. common right. I 
give to my son John the whole of this my homestead, both land and build- 
ings, to be his at the age of 21 years, that is to say, that he then shall have 
the improvement of the 1-2 at the age aforesd., and the other half when 
his mother shall either decease or marry. Moreover, I will and bequeath 
to him 10 acres of land on the south side of my 30-acre division in Hebron, 
provided that he shall pay certain legacies to his sisters: that at the age 
of 23 years he shall pay to his sister Elizabeth iio in money; at the age 
of 25 years, £10 money to his sister Hannah ; at the age of 27, £10 to his 
sister Mary; at the age of 29 years, £10 to his sister Patience; at the age 



1729 TO 1732. PROBATE RECORDS. IO5 

of 31 years, the sum of £io to his sister Eunice; and finally, at the age 
of 32 years, shall pay to his sister Abigail the sum of iio as abovesd. Be- 
sides the several legacies to be paid to my daughters, Elizabeth, Hannah, 
Mary, Patience, Eunice and Abigail, I give to them 2-3 of my personal 
and moveable estate, to be equally divided to each of them as they come 
of age. I give to my daughter Elizabeth 10 acres out of my 30-acre di- 
vision of land in Hebron. I do hereby appoint my wife Patience and my 
son Zerubbabell sole executors. 

Witness : Nicholas Bond, William Rollo, ls. 

Daniel Bushnell, Obadiah Dunham. 

Court Record, Page 72 — 27 June, 1732: Will and invt. exhibited. 

Page 95 — 6 August, 1733 : This Court appoint Zerubbabell Rollo to 
be guardian to Patience Rollo, age 11 years, Eunice 9, Abigail 7 years, 
children of William Rollo. Recog., £300. 



Page 136-9. 



Root, Jacob, Hebron. Invt. £235-00-08. Taken ist September, 
1 73 1, by Ebenezer Wilcox, Hezekiah Gaylord and Joseph Phelps. Will 
dated 19 June, 1728. 

I, Jacob Root of Hebron, in the County of Hartford, do make this 
my last will and testament: I give to my wife Mary her (dower rights). 
I give unto my son Daniel and to my son Jacob Root my lott called the 
"Old 100 Acres", together with what land I have since laid adjacent on 
the east side of the sd. 100 acres, and so bounded east on Benoni Trum- 
bull's lOO-acre lott. I give unto my son Nathaniel that part of my farm 
which lyeth to the west of Fawn Brook, and bounds east on sd. brook, 
west on the common lands, and south on land belonging to Mr. Timothy 
Steven's heirs. I give to my son Jonathan Root the remaining part of 
the pond which lyeth to the east of sd. Fawn Brook, and bounds west on 
sd. brook, east on Mr. Skinner's land, and on common land betwixt Mr. 
Skinner's and Mr. Trumbull's. As also I further give unto my sons 
Nathaniel and Jonathan my 50-acre lott lying on Blackledge's River. I 
give to my son William Root my old homelott of about 30 acres, which 
butts south on Daniel Barbour's land, north on Nathaniel Man's land, 
and east on a highway. Also, I give to my sd. son William my dwelling 
house and barn, together with all my homestead, excepting 20 acres on 
the north side, which 20 acres I yet reserve to myself. I give to my grand- 
daughter Johanna Pummery £20, to be paid out of my estate, and my 
granddaughter Hepzibah Pummery I will £10, and to my grandson Caleb 
Pummery 1 will £10. These three last mentioned being the children of 
my daughter Johanna, and the respective bequests made to them to be 
paid within one year after my decease. I will to my grandchildren, the 
children of my daughter Mary, viz., Joseph Man, Nathaniel Man, Ben- 
jamin Man, John Man, Nathan Man and Alary Man, to each and every 
of them £5 as they sh?ill come to the age of 21 years. I give to my 
daughter Margaret, wife to John Warner, £23 ; but if my daughter Mar- 



I06 PROBATE RECORDS. VOL. XI, 

garet shall decease leaving no surviving heirs, then the sd. £23 to return 
to my daughter Ruth. And to my daughter Ruth aforesd. I will the sum 
of £40. It is hereby further to be understood that the lands which I have 
given to my son Jacob Root shall remain unto him and his heirs forever, 
with the condition that he shall render up unto my brother Jonathan Root 
and my nephew Hezekiah Root and Thomas Sheldon what right he may 
have in the lands I sold to them at Northampton, and on no other condi- 
tions. I appoint my wife Mary and my son Daniel Root executors. 
Witness : Stephen Post, Jacob Root, ls. 

David Barbour, Nathaniel Phelps. 

Court Record, Page 57 — 10 August, 1731 : Will proven. 



Will in Vol. XII, Page 243. 

Sage, Benoni, Middletown. Invt. i 1020- 13-06. Taken 3 January, 
1733-4, by Samuel Gipson, John Sage and John Warner. Will dated 20 
December, 1733. 

I, Benoni Sage, husbandman, of Middletown, do make this my last 
will and testament : I give to my wife her dower rights. I give to my sons 
Benjamin Sage and Allen Sage all my real estate, to be theirs equally 
between them, their heirs and assigns. I also give to my two sons before 
named all the rest of my moveable estate not disposed of, and do hereby 
order them to pay unto my daughter Sarah Sage, when they come to the 
age of 21 years, the just sum of £50 in money, or that which shall be in 
equal valine to £50 in money. And I do hereby constitute and appoint my 
brother David Sage to be my executor of this my last will and testament. 
I give to him so much out of my moveable estate as may be reasonable to 
reward him for his trouble (and this is to be lookt upon as a debt). 
Witness : John North, Benoni Sage, ls. 

Hezekiah Hooker, Nathaniel Beckley. 

Court Record, Page 108 — 5 March, 1733-4: Will exhibited by Benoni 
Sage, executor, who, with the widow, exhibited an invt. Proven. This 
Court appoint Mary Sage to be guardian unto her children, viz., Ben- 
jamin, age 9 years, Allen 4 years, and Sarah 6 years, children of Benoni 
Sage, late deed. Recog., £150. 

Page 20 (Vol. XII) 4 February, 1734-5: David Sage, executor, ex- 
hibits an account, which was accepted in Court and ordered to be kept on 
file. Whereupon this Court appoint Capt. Isaac Hart, Deacon Thomas 
Hart and Lent. Isaac Norton distributors. The return, dated 7 March, 

1734-5 (on file) : 

f s d 
To the widow, Mary Sage, 36-08-00 

To Allen Sage, 254-01-04 

To Benjamin Sage, 254-01-04 

20 January, 1745 : Benjamin Sage gives Thomas Hart, ] 
to his uncle, David Sage, a receipt for Isaac Norton, 5- Distributors. 

his full share of the estate. Isaac Hart, J 



1729 TO 1732. PROBATE RECORDS. I07 

October, 1749: Ebenezer Steele and Sarah Steele give receipt for 
theirs. 

18 February, 1 750-1 : Allen Sage gives to his uncle, David Sage, a 
receipt for his full share of the estate of his late honoured father, Benony 
Sage, deceased. 

Page 48 (Vol. XIII) 12 April, 1739: Benjamin Sage, age 16 years, 
chose his uncle David Sage to be his guardian. Recog., £400. 

Page 54 (Vol. XIV) 5 February, 1744-5: Allen Sage, a minor 15 
years of age, son of Benoni Sage, chose his uncle David Sage to be his 
guardian. Recog., i8oo. 



Page 186-7. 

Sawyer, Moses, Hebron. Invt. £150. Taken 29 February, 173 1-2, 
by John Taylor and Samuel Waters. 

Court Record, Page 63 — 4 April, 1732: Adms. granted to Thomas 
Lewis of Colchester. 

Page 'J2 — 27 June, 1732: This Court appoint Thomas Lewis of Col- 
chester to be guardian to the children of Moses Sawyer, viz., to Sarah, 
age 1 1 years, to Nathan 9 years, Moses 4, and Mary Sawyer, one year old. 
Recog., £200. 

Page 105 — 5 February, 1733-4: Thomas Lewis, Adms., exhibited 
an account of his Adms : Paid debts amounting to the sum of £28-05-03. 
Which account is accepted and allowed, and there remains yet due from 
the estate the sum of £5-17-00. 



Page 7-8-9. 

Schovell, Benjamin, Haddam. Died 13 August, 1729. Invt. £432- 
13-06. Taken by Ebenezer Cone, Samuel Ackley and Daniel Cone. 

Court Record, Page 3 — 7 October, 1729: Adms. granted to Amy 
Schovell, the widow, on the estate of John (Benjamin) Schovell, late deed. 

Page 19 — 5 May, 1730: An addition to the invt. of £26-04-00 was 
exhibited in this Court by the Adms. Accepted. 

Page 106 (Probate Side, Vol. XIII) 7 November, 1738: Know all 
men by these presents : That we, the subscribers, being the sole and only 
surviving heirs to the estate of Benjamin Schovell of East Haddam, in 
the County of Hartford, being the widow and children of the sd. deceased, 
do by these presents jointly and severally agree that the following dis- 
position of the estate of sd. deed, shall be a final settlement of sd. estate : 
First — We agree that our brother Edward shall have and hold all the 
land that did or doth belong to the estate of our honoured father, Ben- 
jamin Schovell, and shall be and remain our sd. brother Edward's, to be 
at his dispose forever, provided he pay to the other heirs and widow afore- 
sd. the following sums hereafter in this instrument particularly described : 






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PROBATE RECORDS, VOL. XI, 



£ S d 

First to Benjamin Schovell, loo-oo-oo 

Lemuel " 62-10-00 

" Nathan " 62-10-00 

" Sarah (Schovell) Spencer, ■ 52-10-00 

To Amy Schovell, 52-to-oo 

To Kezia Schovell Steward, 52-10-00 

And we mutually agree and covenant, for ourselves and heirs, with 
our mother Amy Schovell, that we will each of us pay our sd. mother the 
sum of ten shillings apiece yearly during her widowhood. Then the widow 
quitclaims any right of hers to the real estate. 



Signed : Edward Schovell, ls. 
Amy X Schovell, ls. 
Amy X Schovell, 2nd, ls. 
Benjamin X Schovell, ls. 



Sarah Spencer, ls. 
Hezekiah Spencer, ls. 
James Steward, ls. 
Kezia X Steward, ls. 
Test: Jos: Talcott, Jr., Clerk. 

Court Record, Page 35 — 7 November, 1738: Agreement exhibited in 
Court and accepted. Lemuel Schovell, age 19 years, and Nathan, 14 years, 
chose their brother Edward Schovell to be their guardian. Recog., ^300. 



Will and Invt. in Vol. XII, Page 234. 

Sheldon, Capt. John, Hartford. Invt. £2569-07-07. Taken 20 
March, 1733-4, by John Marsh, John Whiting and Jos. Talcott, Jr., for 
Hartford. Taken 13 March, 1733-4, for Windsor, by Samuel Strong, 
Thomas Filer and Timothy Loomis. Taken 5 March, 1733-4, for Deer- 
field, by Samuel Field, Joseph Sever and Jonathan Hoit. 

. Will dated 13 April, 1726: I, John Sheldon of Hartford, do make 
this my last will and testament : I give to my two grandsons, John and 
Charles Sheldon, the 1-2 of my lands in Deerfield (except the wanting 
lands), to them and their heirs forever, they paying to their sister Hannah 
Sheldon £20, as also £30 to their aunts (my daughters), Hannah Clark 
and Mary Clapp, being an addition to what I have already given them. I 
give to my son Ebenezer Sheldon the other half of my lands in Deerfield, 
with all the wanting lands there, to him and his heirs forever, he paying 
to my two daughters, Hannah Clark and Mary Clapp, £15 apiece, and also 
to my son Remembrance Sheldon the sum of £10. I give to my son Re- 
membrance Sheldon all my houseing and lands in Windsor (excepting 
that tract of land I bought of Zechariah Sanford), to him and his heirs 
forever. I give to my beloved wife 1-3 part of all my real and personal 
estate lying in Hartford, that is to say, my houseing and lands lying in 
Hartford, with 1-3 part of that tract of land I bought of Zechariah Sand- 
ford lying in Windsor, during her natural life, which third part of house- 
ing and lands after her decease to return to my son John Sheldon and his 
heirs. I give to my wife my negro boy named Coffe during her widow- 



1729 TO 1732. PROBATE RECORDS. IO9 

hood, then to return to my son John Sheldon or to my daughter Abigail 
Sheldon, to which their mother shall please to give it. I give to my son 
John Sheldon all my houseing and lands in Hartford, with that tract of | 

land I bought of Zechariah Sandford, and to his heirs forever, excepting . 

the use I have above given to his mother. I give to my daughter Abigail i 

Sheldon £150, to be paid out of my moveable estate by my executors here- 1 

after named, at the age of i8 years or day of marriage. If my moveable ,] 

estate doth arise considerably higher than what I have above given, I tj 

then give to my son Remembrance Sheldon the sum of £5 in money or of 
my goods, as my executrix shall choose. And further, my will is that 
my beloved wife take the care of the education of my children, and for 
that end I give her the use of my lands given to my son John till he come 

of age, with the improvement of all my personal estate, the over-plus to ! j 

her. Lastly, I do hereby appoint my beloved wife, with my son Remem- 
brance Sheldon, to be executors. 

Witness : Joseph Colyer, John Sheldon^ ls. 

John Colyer, William Andrews. I 

Court Record, Page 107 — 26 February, 1733-4: The last will and Jj 

testament of Capt. John Sheldon of Hartford was exhibited by the widow 
and Remembrance Sheldon, son of the deed. John Sheldon, son of the 
deed., of Deerfield, and grandson of Capt. John Sheldon, and the Rev. Mr. 
Elis of Enfield in right of his wife, sister of John Sheldon of Deerfield, 
was present when the will was approved. 

Page I (Vol. XH) ist April, 1734. Executors exhibit an inventory 






Page 77. 

Shailor, Timothy, 2nd, Haddam. Died 4 September, 1730. Invt. 
£260-01-10. Taken ist October, 1730, by Thomas Shailor, Thomas Sel- 
den and Joseph Arnold. Will dated 14 September, 1730. 

I, Timothy Shailor of Haddam, in the County of Hartford, do make 
this my last will and testament: I give to Deborah, my wife, her thirds 
during life. If she bear me a son after my decease, then I give him a 
double portion of my estate ; but if she bear me a daughter after my de- 
cease, then I give to her a double portion with her sister. To my two 
daughters Abigail and Jerusha I give all my estate not above disposed of, 
to be equally divided between them. I appoint Deborah, my wife, sole 

executrix. 1 

Witness : Phineas Fisk, Timothy Shailor, ls. 

Joseph Arnold, Caleb Cone. 

Court Record, Page 30 — 3rd November, 1730: Will and invt. ex- 
hibited by Deborah Shailor, widow, executrix named in the will. 

Page 18 — 15 April, 1730: Report of the distributors. 

Page 85 (Vol. XIII) 7 April, 1741 : Abigail Shailor, age 14 years, 
chose Thomas Brooks of Haddam to be her guardian. Recog., £150. 
Jerusha Shailor, age more than 12 years, this Court do appoint Abraham 
Brooks to be her guardian. Recog., £150. 

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VOL. XIj 



Page 276-7. 

Shepherd, Susannah, Hartford. Died 26 July, 1732. Invt. i8i-i6- 
01. Taken by William Gaylord and Elizabeth Hopkins. 

Court Record, Page 91 — 5 June, 1733: This Court grants Adms. on 
the estate of Susannah Shepherd, late of Hartford deed., unto Daniel 
Shepherd, brother of the sd. deed., who gave bond with Deacon William 
Gaylord. Exhibit of an inventory. Accepted and ordered on file. 

Page 29 (Vol. XU) ist July, 1735: Ephraim Tucker appeared in 
Court and desired to be guardian to Ephraim Tucker, a minor, age 2 years, 
the son of Susannah Shepherd of Hartford deed. The sd. Susannah was 
daughter of Thomas Shepherd of Hartford, and the sd. Ephraim Tucker 
acknowledged in Court that the sd. minor was his child. Yet notwith- 
standing, sd. Thomas Shepherd, grandfather to the sd. minor, objected 
against the motion of sd. Ephraim Tucker being guardian to sd. minor: 
Whereupon this Court appoint the sd. Thomas Shepherd guardian to sd. 
minor. Recog., £100. 

Page 16 (Vol. Xni) 1st November, 1737: Ephraim Tucker, son of 
Susannah Shepherd of Hartford : Thomas Shepherd, sometime ago ap- 
pointed his guardian, is now willing to be discharged and is willing that 
his son Daniel Shepherd be appointed guardian to the sd. Ephraim 
Tucker, and he is appointed. Recog., £200. 



Page 107-8-9- 10. 

Smith, Benjamin, Glastonbury. Invt. £953-03-06. Taken 17 Feb- 
ruary, 1730-31, by Samuel Gains and David Hubbard. Will dated May, 
1727. 

I, Benjamin Smith of Glastonbury, husbandman, do make this my 
last will and testament: I give to Hannah, my wife, two cows for her 
use, all the moveable estate which she brought with her that is now in 
being, my bay ambling horse, the bed I lodge on with its furniture, my 
biggest brass kettle and least brass kettle, my warming pan and porridge 
pot and pot hooks, two iron kettles, a paire of cob irons, two trammells, a 
slice and a paire of tongs, as also the chaires belonging to the house, all 
the meat that is in the house, all my hoggs, all the corne and grain 
that is in the house, two cow calves, and all the syder and beere barrels. 
I give unto my son Richard Smith my yoke of oxen, trammel, bedd he 
lodges on, and its furniture, a horse and cowe and farming tools, and the 
plow chain that belonged to his uncle Joseph. And after my two sons 
Jeduthan and Manoah and my daughter Dorothy have had each of them 
150 acres of land out of my right of land in the Five-Mile Purchase of 
Glastonbury, I give and devise the remainder of the sd. right to my sd. 
son Richard. I give to my son, Jeduthan Smith, cattle and farming 
tooles, tackling for a cart that belonged to his uncle Joseph, and 150 acres 
of land to be laid out to him out of my right of land in that part of Glas- 
tonbury called the Five-Mile Purchase. I give unto my son, Manoah 



1729 TO 1732. PROBATE RECORDS. Ill 

Smith, cattle and farming tooles, a bedd that formerly belonged to his aunt 
Bethiah, and 150 acres of land laid out to him out of my right of land in 
that part of Glastonbury called the Five-Mile Purchase. I give unto my 

daughter, Dinah Smith, a wainscott cupbard outstanding in my new house, ! 1 

and the sum of 5 shillings in money. And the reason that my sd. daugh- , 

ter Dinah hath no more by this my will is because I have lately given her \j 

by deed the homelott of 22 acres of land at the Town Street of Colchester, j ji 

and have delivered to her as gifts several other things. I give unto my iJ 

daughter Dorothy 150 acres of land laid out to her out of my right of 

land in that part of Glastonbury called the Five-Mile Purchase, a wain- I' 

scott chest, and ii6 in money or money's worth. As to the remainder of j) 

my land at the Wigwam Hill in Glastonbury which I have not given by i 

deed to my son Manoah, which remainder goes from the east bound of I'l}! 

my sd. son Manoah's land (so given by deed) to the end of the Three ; * 

Miles eastward into the woods, to be reckoned from the Great River, ; . 

I give the sd. remainder to my three sons, Richard, Jeduthan and Manoah, , ■ 

equally to be divided among them. As to the rest and residue of my \\ 

moveable estate not hereinbefore given, I give and devise it unto Hannah, l' 

my beloved wife. I appoint my son Richard to be executor. i; 

Witness : John Sparks, Benjamin Smith, ls. 

Samuel Gains, John Lynn. 

Court Record, Page 45 — 4 May, 1731 : Will and inventory exhibited. 



Smith, John. Court Record, Page 89 — 4 July, 1732: Whereas, the 
last will of John Smith, late of Hartford, dated in Cork, Ireland, on the 
i8th day of November, One Thousand Seven Hundred and Thirty-One, 
proved and allowed in London before William, Archbishop of Canter- 
bury, Primate and Metropolitan of England : a duplicate of which, with 
the probate thereof as aforesd., being exhibited in this Court by Ann 
Smith, executrix to sd. will, and the sd. Anne Smith accepted the trust. 

Page 12 (Vol. XII) 6 October, 1734: David Williams, executor to 
the last will of the deed., made oath to the invt. as containing all that he 
knew of in New England. 

Page 9 (Vol. XIV) 6 July, 1742 : George Smith, a minor, 15 years of 
age, son of John Smith, late of Hartford, chose Col. John Whiting and 
Capt. George Wyllys of Hartford to be his guardians. And the Court 
appoint sd. Whiting and Wyllys guardians to Mary Smith, age 13 years, 
and William Smith, age 11 years, children of John Smith. Recog., 
i 10,000. 

Page 112 (Vol. XIII) 16 October, 1752: A discharge from the heirs 
of John Smith, sometime of Hartford, merchant, to their honoured moth- 
er, Anne Smith, now Anne Morrison, with Capt. David Williams of 
Wethersfield, executors, the heirs now being of lawful age and having 
each received £ 1,000 bills of credit in hand paid- or secured to be paid by 
our honoured father and mother, Normand and Anne Morrison, both of 



112 PROBATE RECORDS. VOL. XI, 

Hartford, do exonerate and discharge them from all claims or demands ; 
also discharge our guardians, Col. John Whiting and Col. George Wyllys. 



Robert Nevins, ls. 
William Smith, ls. 



Witness : Roderick Morrison, George Smith, ls. 
Alexander Campbell. Mary Nevins, ls. 

Hartford, 27 November, 1761 : Then personally appeared Alexander 
Campbell, now of Oxford, in the County of Worcester, Province of 
Massachusetts Bay, physition, and made solemn oath that, on the day of 
the date of the within written instrument or discharge, he saw George 
Smith, Robert Nevins, Mary Nevins and William Smith, the ensealers 
thereof, severally sign, seal and execute and deliver the same as their 
voluntary act and deed, and that at the same time he set to his hand as 
witness, together with Roderick Morrison, then of sd. Hartford, since 
deceased. 

Sivorn before me, John Ledyard, J. P. 



Page 230. 

Smith, Joseph, Haddam. Died 23 July, 1732. Invt. £713-10-00. 
Taken 15 September, 1732, by Simon Smith, Joseph Arnold and Thomas 
Brooks, Jr. Will dated 23 July, 1732. 

To all Christian People to whom these presents shall come, greeting: 
Know ye that I, Joseph Smith of Haddam, in the County of Hart- 
ford, do make this my last will and testament: I give to ' Elizabeth, my 
wife, the use of my dwelling house, barn and lott, and all improvable lands, 
so long as she remains my widow or till my eldest son John shall come of 
age, and 1-2 of my moveables forever. And when John comes of age she 
shall deliver up to him his part of the estate. I give to my son John Smith 
all my land at Beaver Meadow which was formerly Capt. James Bate's, 
and the black pacing horse that is now called John's horse. I give to my 
daughter Elizabeth all that land which I had of Thomas Smith, and all my 
interest on the Island, and an equal interest in all my moveable estate, 
towards bringing her up. I give to my sons, Jos : Smith and Jethro, my 
dwelling house and barn and homelott, and all my land in the home 
meadow and the Creek land and swamp land at the lower end of sd. 
meadow, to be divided equally between them. Sd. Joseph and Jethro 
shall pay to their sisters Else and Hannah, when they come of age, £10 
in money to each. I give to my two daughters. Else Smith and Hannah, 
all my land and rights in undivided land not yet disposed of, to be divided 
equally between them. I ordain my wife Elizabeth and her brother, 
Samuel Smith, sole executors. 

Witness : Simon Smith, Jr., Joseph Smith, ls. 

Jacob Smith, Caleb Cone, Jr. 

Court Record, Page 78 — 5 December, 1732: Will and invt. exhibited 
by Samuel Smith, executor named in the will. 



1729 TO 1732. PROBATE RECORDS. 113 

Page 308. 

Smith, Nathaniel, Hartford. Invt. £405-01-00. Taken 31 August, 
1733, by Jonathan Sedgwick and Daniel Webster. 

Court Record, Page 96 — 4 September, 1733 : Adms. granted to Mary 
Smith, widow, who gave bond with David Ensign, £300. 

Page 50 (Vol. XII) 3 August, 1736: This Court appoint Mary 
Smith, widow, to be guardian to Justes Smith, age 8 years, Nathaniel 3 
years, Elizabeth 7 years, and Hannah 5 years, all children of the sd. deed. 
Recog., i20o. 



Page 252, 260. 



Smith, Samuel, Glastonbury. Invt. £1742-11-02. Taken 14 De- 
cember, by Nathaniel Talcott and Joseph Fox. Will dated 19 September, 
1727. 

I, Samuel Smith, husbandman, of Glastonbury, do make my last will 
and testament: I give unto my son Samuel Smith my Great Bible, and 
the reason why my sd. son has no more of my estate is because I have 
given him by deed my homelott in Glastonbury. I give unto my daughter 
Rachel Smith a certain tract of land belonging to, me, lying at or neare 
a pond neare the east bounds of Glastonbury, called Dickeson's Pond. I 
give all my cattle, horse kind, sheep, swine, bedding, pewter, plate, brass, 
linen, casks, and all my household goods, as also my books and all other 
chattel or moveable estate whatsoever, unto my daughters Rachel and 
Dinah, except only my cart and cart tackling, plows, harrows, etc., and 
other husbandry tools, which I give unto my son Joseph Smith. I give 
all my land and rights of land, laid out or not laid out, to me in the land 
called the Five-Mile Land, in Glastonbury, unto my son Joseph and to my 
daughters Rachel and Dinah, to be divided among them share and share 
alike, and the reason why my sd. son Joseph has no more of my estate is 
because I have formerly given him by deed two lotts of land in Glaston- 
bury. I do hereby appoint my daughter Rachel Smith to be executor. 
Witness : Elisabeth Hills, Samuel Smith, ls. 

Thomas Brewer, John Lynn. 

Memorandum: That at the sealing of my within written will I do 
give and devise a certain tract or parcell of land belonging to me below 
Naug, in Glastonbury, containing 80 acres of my lott, unto Thomas Buck 
of Glastonbury, husbandman, for and during the term of his natural life, 
and after his death and decease then to the use and behoof of Thomas 
Buck, an infant now living in the house with me, and to the heirs and 
assigns of the sd. infant Thomas Buck, if he attain the age of 21 years. If 
he should die before that age, then after his father's decease, said land 
to return to my heirs. 

Witness : Elizabeth Hills, Samuel Smith, ls. 

Thomas Brewer, John Lynn. 



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114 PROBATE RECORDS. VOL. XI, 

Memorandum: Dated 21 September, 1730: All my land laid out or 
not laid out in Glastonbury, in that part called the Five-Miles Land, I 
give the same unto my daughter Rachel Smith and to her heirs forever. 
I also give unto my daughter Rachel my great silver tankard in respect 
of her tending me in my sickness, and all legacies given to my daughter 
Dinah I do order that my daughter Rachel have the possession, keeping 
and disposal of after my decease, to be given by her to my sd. daughter 
Dinah and her child or children as my daughter Rachel shall think fit. 
Witness : John Sparks, Samuel Smith, ls. 

Jean Lynn, John Lynn. 

Court Record, Page 81-2 — 6 February, 1732-3: Will exhibited by 
Rachel Smith, executrix named in sd. will, and desired it approved. Enoch 
Lyman, an heir to the estate in right of his wife Dinah, appeared in Court 
against the alteration wherein the part given to Dinah is put into Rachel's 
hands, etc. Case continued. 

Page 82 — 6 February, 1732-3 : According to the continuance of the 
case respecting the objection made against the last codicil to the will of 
Samuel Smith of Glastonbury deed., from Tuesday the 6th of this instant 
February to this time, the parties were heard thereupon, and this Court 
having considered that sd. will with the codicil made at the time of the 
testator sealing his will (with a gift to Thomas Buck), and the codicil 
made the 21st day of September, 1730, wherein the parties were at vari- 
ance as aforesd., are all proved to be the will of the testator : Approved 
by the Court and ordered to be recorded and kept on file. Enoch Lyman, 
an heir in right of his wife Dinah to the estate of Samuel Smith, appealed 
from the judgement of this Court respecting the probation of the last 
codicil to the will of the sd. deceased, unto the Superior Court. Recog., 
i20. 

Dist. File, ist May, 1734: Estate Samuel Smith, Glastonbury: To 
Rachel Smith, to Enoch and Dyna Lyman. By Abner Moseley and 
Nathaniel Talcott. 



Page 283. 

Southmayd, Marg-aret, Middletown. Will dated 5 December, 17^8 : 
I, Margaret Southmayd, of Middletown, widow and relict of William 
Southmayd, sometime of the aforesd. Middletown, deed., do make this 
my last will and testament : I give to my son Joseph Southmayd that lott- 
ment of land on the east side of the Connecticut River in Middletown in 
the last division laid out, about 30 acres. I give to my son William South- 
mayd a large family Bible and also my best bed with all the furniture 
properly belonging to it. I give to my two daughters, Margaret Gaylord 
and Anne Stilman, all my wearing apparell. I give to my granddaughter 
Millicent Gaylord my small brass kettle. I give unto my granddaughter, 
Anne Gaylord, my smallest bell-mettal skillett. I give to my three sons, 
Allyn, Joseph and William Southmayd, with my two daughters, Margaret 
Gaylord and Anne Stilman aforesd., the lower lott in the Long Meadow in 



1729 TO 1732. PROBATE RECORDS. 115 

Hartford, which formerly did belong to my honoured father, Cololl. John 
AUyn of Hartford deed., and also the 1-5 part of the houseing and home- 
stead formerly belonging to my honoured father. Col. John Allyn of 
Hartford, now in the possession of Mrs. Martha Cooke of Hartford, to- 
gether with all my bills, bonds, money, debts, and all my moveables and 
household goods, to be divided equally among my five children above 
named (except) my cobirons, fire slice and tongs in the outer room, which 
I give unto my son Joseph Southmayd. And I do hereby oblige my sd. 
children to purchase out of sd. estate 5 pieces of plate of equal value, 
that is, with what I now have to be part, and marke them thus, "W. S. 
M.", to be kept by each of them in memory of their father and myself. 
And I hereby appoint my two sons, Joseph Southmayd and Williarn 
Southmayd, executors. 

Witness : Thomas Allyn, Margaret Southmayd, ls. 

Joseph Rockwell, William Rockwell. 

Codicil, dated 28 August, 1731 : My two daughters and my youngest 
granddaughter being now deceased, I see cause to make this alteration in 
my will : that which was given to my two daughters and to my grand- 
daughter, Anna Gaylord, I now give to my son Joseph's wife and my 
son William Southmayd. 

Witness : Joseph Rockwell, Margaret X Southmayd, ls. 

William Rockwell, John Rockwell. 



Page 339. 

Spelman, Daniel, Middletown. Invt. £102-00-11. Taken 28 Jan- 
uary, 1733-4, by Richard Spelman, Benjamin Cornwall and Samuel 
Cotton. 

Court Record, Page 104 — 5 February, 1733-4: Adms. to Annah 
Spelman, widow, who, with Benjamin Cornwall, gave bond. 

Page 18 (Vol. XV ) 7 May, 1746: Thomson Spellman, a minor, 16 
years of age, and Daniel Spellman, 15 years, children of Daniel Spellman, 
chose their uncle Benjamin Cornwell of Middletown to be their guardian. 
Recog., £500 for each minor. 



Spencer, Joseph, Haddam. Court Record, Page 23 — 5 June, 1730: 
Joseph Spencer, a minor, 18 years of age, chose Samuel Ackley of East 
Haddam to be his guardian. Recog., £50. 

Page 33 — 5 January, 1 730-1 : Samuel Ackley, guardian, shows this 
Court that some land in Haddam (one parcell in the first division, 15 
acres, adjoining William Spencer, Lt. Knowlton and James Bates ; one 
other piece of land in Haddam in the second division, 30 acres, the width 
of the lott is 20 rods, 12 of them is part of sd. William Spencer's own 
dwelling lott, the other eight he had of his brother Daniel Brainard) was 



Il6 PROBATE RECORDS. VOL. XI, 

given to Joseph Spencer and to Elizabeth Spencer, now come of age to 
inherit. This Court appoint Capt. Daniel Brainard and Capt. Samuel 
Olmsted to assist Samuel Ackley, guardian, to make a division of sd. 
land. 



Page 226. 

Spencer, Timothy, Haddam. Died 29 March, 1732. Invt. £872- 
02-06. Taken 26 April, 1732, by Joseph Arnold, James Brainard and 
Caleb Cone, Will dated 27 March, 1732. 

I, Timothy Spencer of Haddam, in the County of Hartford, do make 
this my last will and testament. I give to Abigail, my wife, the use of my 
homelott, house, barn, and the lott adjoining Capt. Brainard's woodlott, 
and 2 acres of grass land in the home meadow in grandfather's lott next 
the swamp, so long as she remains my widow, and 1-3 part of all my 
moveable estate. I give to my son Timothy Spencer all my homelott, and 
the house, and the bam and the lott the barn stands upon, and the lott 
joining to Capt. Brainard's woodlott, and the 2 acres of mowing land in 
my own meadow, when his mother hath done with it; and also, to be at 
his own use forthwith, all my land in the home meadow and 7 acres of 
land lying on the heather end of the Streights, and 10 acres of land lying 
below the Streights (partly improved), and a third part of all my right 
of undivided land, and no more of my estate shall be his. I give to my 
son Jonathan Spencer that lott in the woods that was Sergeant Daniel 
Hubbard's, and that lott I had of Deacon Brooker, be it more or less, and 
35 acres of land in the lott that I had of Isaac Spencer, and 1-3 part of 
my right in the undivided land, and no more of my estate shall be his. I 
give to my son Simeon Spencer all that land which is several pieces joined 
together neare Benjamin Spencer's house, which is partly improved, and 
all that part of the lott I had of Isaac Spencer which I have not given 
away already, be it more or less, and a third part of my right in the un- 
divided land. I give to my daughters, Abigail, Hannah, Deborah, Eliz- 
abeth and Martha, all my estate in lands and moveables not already dis- 
posed of, to be divided equally between them, excepting that Hannah 
shall have iio more than any of the rest of the daughters, and Abigail to 
be equal to them with what she hath had already. My will is that my 
wife and my son-in-law, Richard Wakeley, be my executors. 

Witness : James Brainard, Timothy Spencer, ls. 

Daniel Brainard, Caleb Cone, Jr. 

Court Record, Page 71 — 6 June, 1732: Will exhibited by Abigail 
Spencer and Richard Wakeley, executors named in sd. will. This Court 
appoint Mrs. Abigail Spencer to be guardian to Symon Spencer, 8 years 
of age, and Martha Spencer, 11 years, children of the deed. Recog., £100. 

Page 82 — 13 February, 1732-3: Jonathan Spencer, age 9 years, and 
Elizabeth, age 15 years, chose their mother, Abigail Spencer, to be their 
guardian. Recog., £100. 



1729 TO 1732. PROBATE RECORDS. 11^^ 

Page 83 — 22 February, 1732-3 : Richard Wakeley, in right of his 
wife Abigail, a daughter to Timothy Spencer, showing to this Court that 
he has a right in several parcels of land by the will of the sd. deed., in 
common with divers others of the daughters (2 of which are under age 
and so not able to come to a partition amongst themselves), and the sd. 
Richard Wakley moves to this Court that freeholders may be appointed 
to divide sd. lands with the assistance of the guardian of sd. minors: 
Whereupon this Court appoint Lt. Hezekiah Brainard and Thomas 
Brooks, of Haddam, with Abigail Spencer, guardian to sd. minors, to 
divide sd. lands among the daughters according to the sd. will. 

Dist. File: 10 May, 1733: To the five daughters: to Abigail, wife of 
Richard Wakeley, to Hannah, to Deborah, to Elizabeth, and to Martha 
Spencer. By Thomas Brooks and Hezekiah Brainard. 

Page 97 — 4 September, 1733: Report of the distributors. 



Page 267. • 

Stanly, Lydia, Mrs., Hartford. Invt. £29-16-05. Taken 7 March, 

1732, by William Cad well and James Church. ^,' 

Court Record, Page 84 — 28 February, 1732-3: Adms. to Richard t 

Seamore of Hartford, who, with Capt. Thomas Seamore of Hartford, \ 

gave bond, f 



Page 189. 

Steward, Ellexander, East Haddam. Invt. £150. Taken 28 Feb- 
ruary, 1732, by Isaac Spencer, John Church and Thomas Millard. 

Court Record, Page 73 — ist August, 1732: Adms. to Margaret 
Steward, widow. 



Page 124. ' " 

Steele, Sarah, Farmington. Invt. £744-00-06. Taken 16 April, 
1 73 1, by Isaac Cowles, Sen., and Daniel Judd. 

Court Record, Page 42 — 6 April, 1731 : Adms. to Thomas Smith of 
Farmington. 



Stocking, Daniel, Middletown. Court Record, Page 83 — 22 Febru- 
ary, 1732-3: Jane Stocking, widow, and Joseph Stocking refuse to take 
Adms., whereupon Adms. is granted to John Stocking, one of the sons 
of the deceased, who gave bond with Joseph Stow of Middletown. 



Stocking, Elisha. Court Record, Page 80 — ist February, 1732-3: 
Elisha Stocking, son of the deceased, 19 years of age, chose Nicholas 
Ayrault of Wethersfield to be his guardian. Recog., £100. 






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Page 48-9. 

Stow, Thomas, Middletown. Invt. £696-01-06. Taken 29 April, 
1730, by John Warner, John Shepherd and Hugh White. Will dated 12 
March, 1728. 

The last will and testament of Thomas Stow, late of Middletown: 
I give to my wife, Bethiah Stow, so much of my estate to be to her use 
as she shall find useful during her natural life. I give to my wife, to be at 
her sole disposal, all my stock of creatures which I shall leave, as also my 
right of land on the east side of the Great River that is lying in that tract 
of land belonging to Middletown which is called the last division, which 
sd. stock of creatures and land is to be at her dispose, so much of it as is 
left after my just debts are paid out. I give to my son Samuel the whole 
of my homelott, with that part of the building which belongs to me, as 
also I give him all my part of the land called the Island, in Pistol Pint, 
as also 3-4 of my boggy meadow lott, as also I give him that part of my 
brother John Stocking's lott in the west quarter which fell to my wife, 
called the mountain ; also I give him so much of what remains of the sd. 
lott that is not before disposed of and which lyes this side ye mountain, 
that is to say, on the east side of the mountain, as shall be in proportion a 
third part of sd. land ; all this besides which I have formerly given him by 
deed of gift. I give to my son Thomas Stow 1-4 part of my boggy 
meadow lott, as also 1-3 part of the lottment of land in the west quarter 
which fell to my wife by Brother John Stocking, that is to say, 1-3 part 
of what belongs to me of sd. lott on the east side of the mountain and 
which is not before disposed of ; this besides which I have formerly given 
him by deed of gift. I give to my son Joseph Stow half my pasture in 
Burch Swamp, my land in Wongogue Meadow, all my land at Timber 
Hill, and 1-3 part of my right of land in the lottments of John Stocking's, 
1-3 part of what remains east side of the mountain ; this I give to my son 
Joseph, he paying £10 to his sisters. I give to my two daughters, Beth- 
iah and Hannah, each of them 1-3 part of my household goods after my 
wife's decease. I give to my daughter Bethiah £10 in money. I give to 
my daughter Hannah my right of land in John Stocking's lottment in the 
west quarter that remains undisposed of and lies on the west side of the 
mountain. I give to my daughter Mary's children 1-3 part of my house- 
hold goods after my wife's decease ; also give them £10 in money. I give 
to our present minister, Joseph Smith, 20 shillings. 

Witness : John Shepherd, , Thomas Stow, ls. 

Thomas Johftson, Samuel Shepherd. 

Court Record, Page 13 — 3 March, 1729-30: Thomas Stow, a minor, 
12 years of age, this Court appoint Thomas Stow of Middletown to be his 
guardian. 

Page 18 — 5 May, 1730: Will exhibited and proven. 

Page 34 (Vol. Xn) 7 October, 1735 : Thomas Stow, an orphan, 17 
years of age, chose William Rockwell of Middleto'wn to be his guardian. 
Cert: Jahez Hamlin, J. P. • * 



1729 TO 1732. PROBATE RECORDS. IIQ 

Page 1 13-14. 

Taintor, Michael, Esq., Colchester. Invt. ii8i-oi-o8. Taken 2 
April, 1730, by Samuel Loomis and William Roberts. Will dated 9 Feb- 
ruary, 1729-30. 

I, Michael Taintor of Colchester, in the County of Hartford, do make 
this my last will and testament: I give to my two daughters, Mary and 
Sarah, to each of them, £20 out of my moveable estate. All the rest of my 
moveable estate I give to my wife during her lifetime. I give to my wife 
and son John the use of all my lands, viz., my homelotts, the whole about 
60 acres, together with my dwelling house, barn and orchards, during the 
time of both of their natural lives ; also my lOO-acre lott lying on the east 
side of the Town Piatt. And after the decease of my wife and my son John, 
I give unto John Taintor, son to my son Michael Taintor, and Michael 
Taintor, son to my son Joseph Taintor, late of Brandford deed., all my 
aforementioned houseing and lands and orchards, to be equally divided 
between them ; also to each of them a ^50 right in the commons and un- 
divided land in Colchester. I hereby make my wife sole executrix. I give 
to my son Michael £100 right in the commons and undivided lands in the 
Township of Colchester. I give to my son John all my wearing apparell. 
I give to my son Michael and my daughter Mary and my daughter Sarah 
all my right in the commons and undivided lands in the Township of 
Windsor which ought or doth accrue to me by virtue of the Pattin (pat- 
ent) granted by the General Assembly in the Town of Windsor. 
Witness : David Hamilton, Michael Taintor, ls. 

Samuel Knight, George Holmes. 

Court Record, Page 46 — 4 June, 1731 : Will now exhibited by the 
widow, executrix named in the will, who declined the trust. Proven. 
This Court grant Adms. to Mabell Taintor, widow relict, who recog. in 
£360 with Nathaniel Clarke of Colchester. 



Taylor, Hannah. Court Record, Page 41 — 22 March, 1731 : Hannah 
Taylor of Long Island, in the Province of New York, widow relict of 
John Taylor, late of Huntington deed., formerly of Windsor, Conn., to 
be guardian to her children, viz., John, 8 years of age, Nehemiah 6, Medad 
4, Mary ij^ years of age. Recog., £200. 



Page 125. 

Thrall, Aaron, Windsor. Died 7 July, 1731. Invt. £171-01-09. 
Taken 26 July, 1731, by Samuel Strong, Peletiah Allyn and Israel 
Stoughton. 

Court Record, Page 49 — 3 August, 1731 : Invt. exhibited by Moses 
Thrall, Adms. 



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Page 199-200. 

Thrall, Sergt. John, Windsor. Died 18 April, 1732. Invt. £856- 
16-06. Taken 15 May, 1732, by Jonathan Stiles, Peletiah AUyn and Job 
Drake. Will dated 18 April, 1732. 

I, John Thrall of Windsor, do make this my last will and testament : 
I give to my wife Mindwell my house and homestead, with the barn, and 
the land adjoining running to the Great River, and three acres of land 
south of the highway, which was Grandfather Gun's, and the syder press, 
during her widowhood, and after to return to my sons, Joseph, Daniel, 
Joel and Charles, equally to be divided among them. Also I give to my 
wife i20 out of the moveables, she takeing her choice, and the feather- 
bed and bedding. I give unto my son John all my right in the 1^/2 -mile 
lott lately laid out, known as Town Commons, and also all my right in 
the equivalent land. I give unto my daughter Amy £20 out of my move- 
ables, also ye youngest cow, six sheep and five gees(e). I give unto my 
youngest daughter Jerusha i6o and one cow. I give unto my sons, Joseph, 
Daniel, Joel and Charles, all my right in the western lands, equally to be 
divided between them ; also my lott at Hoit's meadow, ye pasture, and my 
lott at Sandy Hill, and my lott which I bought of Fits John Allyn, equally 
to be divided between them. I give to my son John my lott at Turkey 
Hill, provided he pay to my daughter Ammey £10 towards the £20 above 
named. I give to my son Moses 1-3 part of all my right in the undivided 
lands in Windsor, and ye remainder to be equally divided between Joseph, 
Daniel, Joel and Charles. My wife and son Moses Thrall to be executors. 
Witness : Israel St ought on, John Thrall, ls. 

Samuel Stoughton, John Allyn. 

Court Record, Page 66 — 9 May, 1732: Joel Thrall, a minor, age 16 
years, chose John Thrall of Windsor to be his guardian. Recog., £200. 

Page 69 — 6 June, 1732: Will exhibited by Mindwell Thrall and 
Moses Thrall, executors. Mrs. Mindwell Thrall refused the trust. 

Page 70—6 June, 1732: This Court appoint Mrs. Mindwell Thrall 
to be guardian to Jerusha Thrall, age 9 years. Recog., £100. And Moses 
Thrall is appointed guardian to Charles Thrall, a minor son of Sergt. John 
Thrall. Recog., £100. 

Page 39 (Vol. XH) 3 February, 1735-6: John Thrall of Windsor, 
guardian to Joel Thrall, one of the heirs to the estate of Sergt. John 
Thrall, moves this Court for a division of the real estate of the sd. deed, 
according to the will. This Court appoint Lt. Joseph Barnard, Lt. James 
Enno and John Stoughton, distributors. 

Page 51 — 5 OctolDer, 1736: Report of the distributors of the estate 
to the Court. Accepted and ordered on file. 



Page 86. 

Tryon, David, Glastonbury, Wethersfield. Invt. £45-16-10. Taken 
23 December, 1730, by Samuel Boardman of Middletown and Benjamin 
Rose of Glastonbury. 



1729 TO 1732. PROBATE RECORDS. 121 

Court Record, Page 35 — 5 January, 1730-1 : Adms. granted to 
Hannah Tryon, the widow. 

Page 108 — 5 March, 1733-4: Benjamin Tryon, a minor, 18 years of 
age, son of David Tryon, chose Ebenezer Dickinson of Wethersfield to be 
his guardian. Recog., £100. 

Page 3 (Vol. XII) 25 April, 1734: Ezra Tryon of Wethersfield, age 
14 years, son of David Tryon, chose his brother Jonathan Tryon to be his 
guardian. Allowed. Recog., iioo. 



Page 166. 

Inventory in Vol. XII, Page 390. 

Wadsworth, Capt. Joseph. Invt. £968-07-06. Taken 24 March, 
1730, by Nathaniel Marsh and John Cook. Will dated 6 July, 1723. 

I, Joseph Wadsworth, do make this my last will and testament. And 
having given a jointure in full satisfaction to my wife Mary, I proceed to 
bequeath my estate to my children. And I give to my son Joseph the 
upper Neck lott of land where his dwelling house stands, with all the 
buildings, orchards, priviledges and appurtenances, to him and his heirs 
forever. Also I give to my son Joseph my upper lott in the long meadow, 
and the 5-acre lott that I bought of Capt. Nathan Gold, and the 4 acres of 
land at Brother Talcott's upper lott, which I have by agreement with 
Brother Talcott ; and also give to my son Joseph all my land in Coventry. 
This I give to him besides what he hath formerly had or improved of my 
estate. I give to my son Jonathan and his heirs forever a woodlott butting 
east on the road to Windsor, with all the buildings thereon, with all the 
priviledges and appurtenances thereunto belonging. Also I give him my 
Neck lott of land lying over against the aforesd. woodlott, butting west 
on the road leading to Windsor, that was bought of Thomas Thomlinson. 
Also I do give him the lott of land which the half-way tree stands on, 
in the long meadow. I do give to my son Ichabod the lower houselott, so 
called, that butteth west on a highway and north on Joseph Barnard's 
land, with the mansion house, barn, and all the priviledges and appurten- 
ances thereunto belonging. Also my 4 acres in the south meadow and 6 
acres in the Soldier's Field, bounding south on Richard Goodman's land. 
Also my 3 acres at the lower end of the long meadow, and the acre lott 
nigh the lower end of sd. meadow. Also my woodlott of 60 acres lying 
on the west side of Mill River, nigh the road leading to Simsbury. And 
I order Ichabod to pay to Jonathan 40 shillings yearly so long as my wife 
continues my widow. And my will is that if I dye before my present wife, 
that my sons aforenamed do allow to her the improvement of all such 
lands as by joynture I have given her to use, according to the true intent 
of sd. instrument, without any let or hindrance whatsoever. I do give to 
my three grandchildren, children of my daughter Elizabeth Marsh, viz., 
Jonathan Marsh, Joseph Marsh and Elizabeth Marsh, £10, to be pajd to 
them as they come to lawful age, each of them £3-06-08, to be paid them 



122 



PROBATE RECORDS. 



VOL. XI, 



by my three sons, Joseph, Jonathan and Ichabod, in equal parts. This I 
give to them besides what I gave to their mother and what she hath had of 
rny estate formerly. I do give unto my daughter Hannah Cook £io be- 
sides what she hath formerly had. I appoint my son Joseph Wadsworth 
my executor. 

Witness : Joseph Talcott, Joseph Wadsworth, ls. 

Joseph Farnsworth, Mary Farnsworth. 

Court Record, Page 39 — 2 March, 1 730-1 : Will proven. 



Page 143, 148. 



Wadsworth, Lt. Samuel, Farmington. Invt. £675-10-03. Taken 
September and 6 December, 1731, by Isaac Cowles and Daniel Wads- 
worth. 

Court Record, Page 51 — 7 September, 1731 : Adms. to Samuel 
Wadsworth, a son of the deed., who, with Thomas Hooker of Hartford, 
recog. in £300. 



Page 79. 

Ward, Thomas, Middletown. Invt. £1389-17-08. Taken 5 Octo- 
ber, 1730, by William Whitmore, Daniel Hall and James Ward. Will 
dated 6 July, 1729. 

I, Thomas Ward of Middletown, do make this my last will and testa- 
ment : I give to my wife all that she brought with her that is in being, and 
one-third part of the rest of my moveable estate besides what I have al- 
ready given to my two daughters, Rebeckah and Sarah, only the team 
and tackling I give to my son Thomas and my wife to improve together 
so lons^ as she remains my widow. I also give to my wife half the home- 
lott and house and barn and 1-2 of all my land to improve with my sons, 
Thomas, Tappin and Fenner, so long as she remains my widow and no 
longer. I also give to my wife and my son Thomas 1-2 of my part of 
the incomes of the land and stock which I have leased out for the term of 
7 years, and the other half I reserve to pay my just debts. I give to my 
son Thomas my wearing apparrel and that Bible which was my honoured 
father's. I give to my son Tappin the remainder of my Hill lott and 1-3 
part of my land at West Swamp, and 2 acres of meadow, and one equal 
half of that farm which was my honoured father's, to be equally divided 
between him and his brother Thomas, and 1-3 part of common and un- 
divided land, when divided. I give to my son Fenner 1-3 part of my land 
at West Swamp, and all my land lying west of that, after my wife's de- 
cease or marriage, and 3 acres of meadow and 1-3 part of my undivided 
land or common, when divided. I do call all that land West Swamp which 
lyeth on the homeward side of West Swamp Brook and eastward with 
Brother William's land. I give to my daughter Rebeckah i equal third 



1729 TO 1732. . PROBATE RECOEIDS. I23 

part of my moveables which I have not disposed of before. I give to my 
daughter Sarah also one equal third part. And further, it is my will that 
whatsoever estate of my first wife's heirs doth fall to them, that it be 
equally divided between my two daughters, Rebeckah and Sarah, from 
their grandfather Burnham's estate. And I do constitute my wife and 
my son Thomas Ward sole executors, and do put Brother William Ward 
and Brother James Ward to be overseers, and Brother Daniel Hall and 
Brother Richard Burnham to be guardians for my first wife's children, 
and Brother Hugh White for my son Fenner. 

Witness : John Elton, Thomas Ward, ls. 

Nathaniel Bacon, Jr., Daniel Hall. 

Court Record, Page 30 — 3 November, 1730: Will exhibited by 
Deborah and Thomas Ward. This Court appoint Daniel Hall of Middle- 
town guardian to Thomas Ward, age 15 years, and Tappan Ward, Re- 
beckah Ward and Sarah Ward, minor children of Thomas Ward deed. 
Recog., £200. This Court appoint Hugh White guardian to Fenner Ward, 
age 5 years. Recog., £50. 



Warner, Daniel, Jr. Court Record, Page 8 (Vol. XH) 6 August, 
1734: Daniel Warner now appeared before this Court with Joshua Rob- 
bins the 2nd, who was his guardian, and the sd. Daniel Warner, being of 
age, now releases his guardian. Allowed. 



Page 340. 

Warner, Jonathan. Middletown. Invt. £368-03-09. Taken 4 No- 
vember, 1733, by Nathaniel Savidge and Nathaniel White. Will dated 
22 May, 1733. 

I, Jonathan Warner of Middletown, in the County of Hartford, do 
make this my last will and testament. I give to Elizabeth, my wife, 1-2 of 
my moveable household goods, two heifers, and likewise I give to my wife 
my dwelling house, barn and homelott and all the land joining thereto. 
This I give to my wife and her heirs and assigns forever. And likewise 
I give to my wife the use of all the remainder of my land and other move- 
able estate, excepting iio worth, during her life. But it is and must be 
understood that debts and necessary charges are first of all to be paid. 
I give to Abigail Harris, now dwelling in my house, after my wife decease, 
I give to the sd. Abigail Harris 1-2 of my moveable household goods, and 
to her heirs forever. I give to the Rev. Mr. Moses Bartlett, if he shall 
be settled in the work of the ministry on the east side the Great River 
in Middletown, I give to him iio as money, to be paid out of my moveable 
estate. I give to my own relations, after my wife's decease, all my lands 
excepting my homelott, together with what moveable estate is not given 
away and shall remain. This I give to my own relations, to be divided 



124 PROBATE RECORDS. VOL. XI, 

amongst them as the law directs intestate estate should be. And I do 
make Elizabeth, my wife, to be sole executor, and Deacon White to he 
overseer. 

Witness: Joseph White, Jonathan Warner, ls. 

Nathaniel Savidge, William Kesson. 

Court Record, Page 105 — 5 February, 1733-4: Will exhibited by 
Elizabeth Warner, widow. 

Court Record, Page 2 — 3 January, 1758: Richard Coleman and 
Ebenezer Ranny, two of the heirs to the estate of Jonathan Warner, late 
of Middletown deceased, moves to this Court that freeholders may be ap- 
pointed to distribute the estate: Whereupon this Court appoint Mr. 
Sampson How, David Sage and Noadiah White, of Middletown, dis- 
tributors. 

Page 21 — 26 May, 1758: Report of distribution. 

Dist. File, 3 Januarv, 1758: Estate Jonathan Warner, Middletown: 
To Ebenezer Ranny, to Richard Coleman, to Jabez Warner. By Samson 
How and David Sage. 



Page 86-7. 

Warner, Hannah, Middletown. Invt. £240-06-05. Taken 25 De- 
cember, 1730, by John Collins, Joseph Rockwell and Jacob Cornwall. 

Court Record, Page 32 — 9 December, 1730: Adms, to John Warner 
of Middletown. 

Page 35 — 5 January, 1730-1 : Invt. exhibited by the Adms., who also 
exhibited in the same inventory the estate of Lt. Andrew Warner that 
was given to Hannah Warner and left by her at her decease, both in one. 



Page 69. 

Warner, Mary, widow of Seth Warner, Middletown. Invt. £24- 
14-06. Taken 12 August, 1729, by John Collins and Joseph Rockwell. 

Court Record, Page 7 — 2 December, 1729: Adms. to Robert Warner 
of Middletown. 



Page 228. 

Warner, Lt. Robert, Middletown. Invt. £996-02-03. Taken 10 No- 
vember, 1732, by John Collins, Joseph Rockwell and William Rockwell. 
Will dated 15 August, 1732. 

I, Robert Warner of Middletown, do ordain this my last will and 
testament : My will is that my estate be settled according to the laws of 
this Colony relating to intestate estates. And do ordain my wife Isabell 
sole executrix. 

Witness : Francis Whitmore, Jacob Cornwall, Robert Warner, ls. 
Samuel Warner, William Rockwell, 



1/29 TO 1732. • PROBATE RECORDS. 125 

Court Record, Page yj — 13 November, 1732: Will exhibited by 
Isabell Warner, executrix. This Court appoint Isabell Warner to be 
guardian to Daniel Warner, age 14 years, Stephen 11, Joseph 8, and Mary 
Warner, children of the deed. Recog., £200. 

Page 94 — 3 July, 1733 : Robert Warner, a minor, 16 years of age, 
son of Lt. Robert Warner, chose his uncle Francis Wetmore to be his 
guardian. Recog., iioo. 

Page 31 (Vol. XII) 26 August, 1735 : Isabell Warner, the executrix, 
not having fully administered on sd. estate, being now deceased, this 
Court grant Adms. unto Samuel Warner of Middletown, who recog. in 
£200, with Isaac Lane. 

Page 5 (Probate Side, Vol. XIII) : An invt. of lands valued at £819- 
08-00, and also of goods at Isaac Lane's aprised at £40-03-02. Taken 1 1 
May, 1736, by John Collins, Joseph Rockwell and William Rockwell. 

Court Record, Page 54 (Vol. XII) 28 December, 1736-7: An ac- 
count of Adms. was now exhibited in Court by Isaac Lane, one of the 
executors of the last will of the deed., whereby it appears he has with the 
other executrix, his wife (who was the widow of the deed. Robert Warn- 
er), paid the sum of £36-15-06, which is allowed them. Account accepted, 
ordered recorded and kept on file. 

Page 6 (Vol. XIII) 3 May, 1737: An invt. was now exhibited by 
Samuel Warner the 2nd, Adms., who made oath that sd. invt. contained 
all the estate that he knew of, which belonged to sd. estate, since he took 
Adms. Also he exhibited an account of debts due from the estate amount- 
ing to the sum of £110-10-04. 

Page 7 — 18 May, 1737: Samuel Warner, Adms. with the will an- 
nexed, exhibited a further account of Adms. of debts due, amounting to 
the sum of £100-07-00. 

Page 15 — 4 October, 1737: Samuel Warner, Adms. with the will 
annexed, may sell land to procure the sum of £66-05-08. [ : 

Page 42 — 23 February, 1738-9: Daniel Warner, son of Lt. Robert \' 

Warner, chose Jacob Cornwell the 2nd to be his guardian. Recog., £300. 
This Court appoint Samuel Warner to be guardian to Mary Warner, a 
minor, 6 years of age. Recog., £300. Stephen Warner, age 16 years, and 
Joseph Warner, age 14 years, sons of Robert Warner, chose Samuel 
Warner to be their guardian. Recog., £600. Cert : Jahez Hamlin, J. P. 

Page 43 — 8 March, 1738-9: Samuel Warner, Adms., exhibits an ac- , 

count of the sale of lands to Lt. John Bacon of Middletown. 

Page 44 — 8 March, 1738-9: Samuel Warner, Adms., moves to this 
Court for a dist. of the estate according to the will : Whereupon this 
Court appoint Lt. John Bacon, Seth Wetmore and William Rockwell, of 
Middletown, distributors. 

Dist. File: 29 March, 1739: To Robert Warner, eldest son, £332- 
12-11 ; to Daniel Warner, 2nd son; to Stephen Warner, 3rd son; to 
Joseph Warner, youngest son; and to Mary Warner, only daughter, to 
each, £166-06-035^. By Seth Wetmore, William Rockwell and John 
Bacon. Report accepted. 



126 PROBATE RECORDS. VOL. XI, 

Page 206. 

Warner, Samuel, Middletown. Invt. £440-03-09, Taken 8 June, 
1732, by Joseph Rockwell, Edward Foster and Samuel Hall. 

Court Record, Page ^2 — 27 June, 1732: Adms. to Susannah Warn- 
er, widow. 



Page 9-10-11. 



Warner, Seth, Middletown. Invt. £529-11-10. Taken 28 Novem- 
ber, 1729, by John Collins and Joseph Rockwell. Will dated 8th July, 
1729. 

I, Seth Warner of Middletown, do make this my last will and testa- 
ment: I give to my brother Robert Warner the eastern end of my lott 
at Three-Mile Hill, so far westward as the west side of the small swamp 
that lies southward of the Burnt Swamp. And the remainder of my lands 
there westward in the sd. lott I give to my brother Samuel Warner and 
my sister Mary Whitmore to be equally divided between them. AnH I give 
to my brother Robert Warner the whole of my right and title to and in 
the homestead and land in the lott whereon my brother Robert now 
dwells, that is to say, my reversion right in sd. land, and also my rever- 
sion right in the pasture land so called, and also my right that I had or 
have in Wongum lands, and my whole right in all other lands whether 
divided or undivided. All which I give to my brother Robert Warner. 
I give to my brother Samuel Warner all my wearing apparrell. I give 
to my brother Robert Warner the whole of my stock of creatures, both 
horse kind and neat cattle, also my tools of what name soever, he paying 
to my sister Mary 20 shillings money. I also give to my brother Robert 
Warner my chest and my saddle. I give to my dearly beloved friend 
Phebe Hubbard £35 current money, the whole £35 to be paid within three 
years after my decease. I do hereby appoint my brother Robert Warner 
executor. 

Witness: Abel Try on, Seth Warner, ls. 

John Brown, Joseph Rockwell. 

Court Record, Page 5 — 4 November, 1729: Will exhibited. 



Waters, Elizabeth. Court Record, Page 50 — 7 September, 173 1 : 
Gideon Waters of Hebron to be guardian to his daughter Elizabeth Wat- 
ers, one and one-half years old, Recog., £100. 



Page 309-345. 



Watson, Nathaniel, Windsor. Invt. £441-12-08. Taken ist Octo- 
ber", 1733, by James Enos, Timothy Loomis and William Thrall, Land 
belonging to sd, estate in Harwinton was not apprised. 



1729 TO 1732. PROBATE RECORDS. 1 27 

Court Record, Page 98 — 2 October, 1733: Adms. granted to Na- 
thaniel Loomis of Windsor, brother-in-law to the deed. Recog., £400, 
with Samuel Stoughton of Windsor. 

Page 103 — 1st January, 1733 : Nathaniel Loomis, Adms., exhibits 
an account of his Adms., and he reports the estate insolvent. This Court 
appoint Sergt. James Enno and Lt. Roger Newbery, of Windsor, com- 
missioners. 

Page 13 (Vol. XII) October, 1734: This Court direct Nathaniel 
Loomis, Adms., per act of the General Assembly and by advice of the 
Court of Probate, to sell a right of land in Harwinton and some in Wind- 
sor, to procure the sum of i 132-05-00 and charges of sale. 



Page 335. 

Welles, Samuel, Hartford. Will dated 29 June, 1733: I, Samuel 
Welles of Hartford, do make this my last will and testament: I give to 
my wife Ruth Welles the use of 1-2 of my dwelling house and barn, and 
1-2 of my improved land, including what I have given by deed to my 
daughter Sarah Welles. I do give unto my wife 1-3 part of all my move- 
able estate properly belonging within my dwelling house, and 1-3 of all 
my moveable estate whatsoever, and 1-2 of my negro man called Jack, 
to be her own, to her, her heirs and assigns forever. I also give unto my 
wife 50 acres of upland forever. I give to my son Samuel Welles, he 
paying such legacies as are hereafter expressed and my just debts out of 
my estate, all my estate, both real and personal, except what is in this my 
last will and testament otherwise disposed of, or shall be in my lifetime, 
to be to him sd. Samuel Welles, his heirs and assigns forever. I hereby 
give unto my sd. son the priviledge of fruit enough in my orchard for 
makeing 10 barrells of syder, on each other year when the orchard bears 
most fruit, notwithstanding the improvement given to my wife and daugh- 
ter Sarah. I give unto my daughter Sarah Welles the use and improve- 
ment of 1-2 of my dwelling house and barn and 1-2 of my improved up- 
land on the west side of the country road, with what is included in my 
deed of gift to her, during the time she shall remain unmarried. And if 
she marry, to have the improvement thereof six years after marriage, and 
no longer. I hereby give unto her the use of my improved lands eastward 
of the country road, to make up with what I have given her by deed of 
gift ; also three acres of my meadow lott lying in Hockanum meadow, so 
long as she shall live unmarried. I do give unto my daughter Sarah 
Welles 1-2 of my negro man Jack, and 2-3 of all the moveables belonging 
within my dwelling house, and 1-3 of all my other moveable estate what- 
soever. I give unto my three grandchildren, Samuel Bewell, Thomas 
Pitkin and Hannah Bewell, to each of them £30 money. I give unto my 
grandson Welles Ely, if he shall live to the age of 21 years, 1-2 of my 
right in the western land which was given to the Towns of Hartford and 



128 PROBATE RECORDS. VOL. XI, 

Windsor. I appoint my wife Ruth Welles and son Samuel Welles execu- 
tors. 

Witness : Joseph HoUister, Samuel Welles, ls. 

Joseph Pitkin, John Risley, Jr. 

Court Record, Page 99—6 November, 1733 : Will exhibited. Proven. 



Page 338. 

West, Benjamin, Middletown. Invt. £103-19-00. Taken 9 January, 
1733-4, by Daniel Prior, Francis Wetmore and George Hubbard. 

Court Record, Page 104 — 5 February, 1733-4: Adms. granted to 
Hannah West, widow, who gave bond with Lemuel Lee of Middletown. 
Abigail West, a minor daughter, chose her mother Hannah West to be 
her guardian. Recog., £50. 

Page 14 (Vol. Xn) 3 December, 1734: Hannah West, Adms., ex- 
hibited an account of her Adms., which is accepted by the Court. 



Page 117, 

West, Francis, Tolland. Will dated 9 April, 1731 : I, Francis West 
of Tolland, in the County of Hartford, do make this my last will and testa- 
ment : I give to my wife Mercy all my moveable estate, both within doors 
and without doors, reserving to my son Amasa West all my wooden and 
iron tackling for teaming, ordering my wife to pay out of this my estate 
ii5 in bills of credit to my granddaughter Zurvia Wales when she come 
to the age of 18 years, which I give to her as her mother's portion of my 
estate, and also to pay to my granddaughter Susannah Wales £15 in bills 
of credit. Also I give to my wife Mercy 1-3 part of my homestead farm 
whereon I now live, with 1-3 of the house, during the time of her life. 
To my son Samuel West I have already given him his portion by deed of 
land on record. Also, to my son Joseph West I have already given him 
his portion by deed of land on record. Also to my son Zebulon West I 
have already given him his portion by deed of land on record. To my 
son Peletiah West I have already secured him his portion by bond given 
him from mv son Amasa West bearing date with these presents. I give 
to my son Amasa West 1-2 of my homestead farm whereon I now live, 
with the house and barn, reserving to my wife 1-3 part as aforesd., which 
farm is bounded on the north of land I once gave to my son Amasa West 
and on the west by Scongamock River, Iving part in Tolland and part in 
Coventry, to him my sd. son Amasa West, his heirs and assigns forever, 
willing him to pay to my granddaughter Jerusha Wales £20 in bills of 
credit when she comes to the age of 18 years, which I give to her as her 
part of her mother's portion. I give to my son Christopher West 1-2 of 
my farm. I give all my wearing apparrell and books to my six sons, to 
be equally divided between them, reserving my Great Bible, which I give 



1729 TO 1732. PROBATE RECORDS. J?9 

to my son Samuel West. I give to my son Christopher West one whole 
right in the undivided land in Tolland, and also one right in the Cedar 
Swamp in Tolland. I give to my son Peletiah one whole right in the un- 
divided land in Tolland, and also one right in the Cedar Swamp. I ap- 
point my wife and my son Amasa West executors. 
Witness : John Crane, Jr., Francis West, ls. 

John Poalk, Samuel West. 

Court Record, Page 47 — 4 June, 173 1: Will exhibited by Mercy 
West. 



Page 2-3. 

Wetmore, Sergt. Joseph, Middletown. Invt. £879-02-10. Taken 
1st August, 1729, by John Warner, Samuel Gipson and William Whit- 
more. 

Court Record, Page i — 5 July, 1729, : Adms. granted to Mrs. Mary 
Wetmore and Francis Wetmore. 

Page 34 — 5 January, 1730: Hannah Wetmore, a minor daughter of 
Joseph Wetmore, with her mother's consent chose her uncle Francis 
Wetmore to be her guardian. Recog., £50. 

Page 71—6 June, 1732: Joseph Wetmore and Abigail, both 20 
years of age, chose their uncle Francis Wetmore to be their guardian. 
Recog., iioo. 

Page 5 (Vol. XIII) 12 April, 1737; Seth Whitmore, age 20 years, 
chose Joseph Savage to be his guardian, and also to be guardian to Francis 
Whitmore, 1 1 years of age. Recog., £400. 

Page 6 — 12 April, 1737: Martha Whitmore, age 17 years, chose 
her brother Joseph Whitmore to be her guardian, also to be guardian 
to Samuel Whitmore, both sons of Joseph Whitmore deed. 

Page 117 (Probate Side) : We, the subscribers, being desired and 
impowered by Joseph Whitmore and the rest of the heirs of Joseph Whit- 
more and Mary his wife, late of Middletown deed., to divide the estates 
of our sd. father and mother, have done the same this 22 February, 
1737-8, in the following form, viz.: 

£ s d 
To Joseph Whitmore, eldest son, ;27o-i8-o8 

To Seth Whitmore, 2nd son, 100-07-06 

To Samuel Whitmore, 3rd son, 100-07-06 

To Francis Whitmore, 4th son, 100-07-06 

To Abigail Clark, eldest daughter, 100-07-06 

To Hannah Whitmore, 2nd daughter, 100-07-06 

To Martha Whitmore, 3rd daughter, 100-07-06 

Agreement exhibited in Court by Joseph Whitmore and William 
Rockwell, 22 February, 1738-9. Accepted. 



130 PROBATE RECORDS. VOL. XI, 

Court Record, Page 42 — 23 February, 1738-9: Martha Whitmore, 
age 19 years, chose Joseph Savage of Middletown to be her guardian. 
Recog., £300. Samuel Whitmore, age 14 years chose Seth Whitmore to 
be his guardian. Recog., £300. 



Page 99. 

Wetmore, Margaret (alias Gaylord), late of Middletown deed. 
Invt. £19-19-09. Taken 10 March, 1730-1, by Israhiah Wetmore, Joseph 
Southmayd and Joseph Rockwell. 

Court Record, Page 38 — 12 February, 1 730-1 : Adms. to Seth Wet- 
more. 



Page 4-5-6. 

Wnaples, John, Wethersfield. Invt. £301-06-08. Taken 2 July, 
1729, by John Camp and Josiah Willard. Will dated 11 July, 1728. 

1, John Whaples of Wethersfield, do make this my last will and testa- 
ment: I give to Sarah, my wife, my house, barn and homelott until my 
son Reuben comes to be 21 years of age, and after to have 1-2 of my 
house, barn and homestead during life. I give to my wife one yoke of 
oxen, one horse and a cowe to dispose of as she thinks best, and the use 
of the team tackling during her life. I give to my wife the choice of my 
beds and furniture belonging to it. My will is that my son Reuben shall 
have the whole of my homelott after the death of my wife, with the 
buildings. I give to my son Jonathan Whaples, in addition to what I 
have already given him by deed of gift, 5 shillings. I give to my son 
Jacob Whaples the remainder of my lott on the Plain adjoining Jonathan 
Whaples, west on Ephraim Whaples, he paying iio current money of 
this Colony or bills of credit {£6 to my daughter Sarah Whaples, £2 to 
Marah Whaples, and £2 to Lois Whaples). I make my sons Jonathan 
Whaples and Jacob Whaples executors. I give to my son Reuben my 
gunn. And my will is that the remainder of my moveable estate be equal- 
ly divided amongst my 3 daughters above named. 

Witness: John Camp, John Whaples, ls. 

David Griswold. 

Court Record, Page 2 — 2 August, 1729: Will exhibited and proven. 



Invt. in Vol. XII, Page 249. 

Whaples, Thomas, Glastonbury. Invt. ii66-o8-ii. Taken 30 No- 
vember, 1733, by Robert Loveland, Jr., and Alexander Brewer. 

Court Record, Page 107 — 5 March, 1733-4: Adms, granted to Eliz- 
abeth Whaples, widow, who recog. with her father, James Hannison of 
Hartford. 



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1729 TO 1732. PROBATE RECORDS. I3I 

Page 10 (Vol. XII) 19 September, 1734: Elizabeth Whaples, 
widow, is appointed guardian to her son Joseph Whaples, age 6 years, 
and Gideon Henderson of Hartford is appointed guardian to Samuel 
Whaples, age 4 years, sons of the deed. Recog., £50. 

Page II (Vol. XIII) 13 June, 1737: This Court do appoint Eliz- 
abeth Whaples to be guardian to Samuel Whaples, 7 years of age. 
Recog., £50. 



Page 291, 344. 

White, Ebenezer, Hebron. Invt. £108-12-10. Taken by Ebenezer 
Wilcock and Matthew Ford. Will dated 14 May, 1733. 

I, Ebenezer White of Hebron, in the County of Hartford, do make 
this my last will and testament : I give to Hannah, my wife, all my lands 
lying and being in the Township of Middlebury, in the County of Ply- 
mouth and Province of Massachusetts Bay, to be at her own dispose for- 
ever. Likewise I give to Hannah, my wife, the use and improvement 
of my dwelling house, together with the improvement of all my lands in 
Hebron, during her natural life, unless she shall change her condition 
by marriage, then my will is that each of my sons enjoy and possess the 
same according to this my last will. I give to Obadiah, my son, my dwell- 
ing house with 18 acres of land adjoining thereto. I give and bequeath 
unto my two sons, Ebenezer and Joseph, all the rest of my land within 
the bounds of Hebron, to be equally divided between them. I give unto 
Rebeckah, my daughter, £5, to be paid to her out of my moveable estate, 
at 21 years of age. Having given the principal part of my estate to my 
wife, I leave the care of my three youngest daughters, Hannah, Cheanna 
and Mehetabell, with her, to provide for them as God shall enable her. 
I appoint Hannah, my wife, only and sole executrix. 

Witness : Ebenezer Wilcock, Ebenezer White, ls. 

Samuel Filer, Matthew Ford. 

Court Record, Page 94 — 3 July, 1733 : Will exhibited by the execu- 
trix. 

Page 27 (Vol. XII) 17 May, 1735: Rebeckah White, age 16 years, 
and Hannah White, age 14 years, children of Ebenezer White, chose 
Capt. Hezekiah Gaylord to be their guardian. 

Page 41 — II March, 1735-6: Account of Adms. accepted. 



Page 167. 

White, Mary, widow of Joseph White, Middletown. 

Middletown, August 5th, 1730: We whose names are underwritten 
were present at the house of the Widow Mary White, relict of Joseph 
White, late of Middletown deed., and did hear her say that after her de- 
cease she gave to her son Ebenezer £3 in money that she had lent him. 



132 PROBATE RECORDS. VOL. XI, 

and her right in the bay horse between them. And she gave her daughter 
Martha Stow a Bible, and the rest of her estate she gave equally to her 
four daughters after her daughter Jerusha had had £5. And desired us 
to bear witness of it. Elizabeth White. 

Hugh White. 

Mr. Hugh White and Elizabeth White, both of Middletown, made 
oath to the above written: That Mrs. Mary White, their aunt, while she 
lay sick, desired them to be witnesses to the above, which this 31st day 
of August they gave oath to before me. Giles Hall, /. P. 

Court Record, Page 27 — ist September, 1730: Mrs. Mary White 
did make a verbal will, now exhibited in Court by Thomas Stow and 
John Bacon, wherein she gave away all her estate, so that there is nothing 
left to pay the debts. The sd. Thomas Stow and John Bacon recog. in 
£100 that they will pay all the debts, whereby the will is proven. 



Page 61, 71. 



White, Martha, Middletown. Invt. £35-04-03. Taken 22 June, 
1730, by John Warner and Samuel Gipson, which includes 2 bonds of 
iio each in the hands of Solomon and Daniel Coit of New London. 

Susannah White, the wife of Ensign Daniel White of Middletown, 
and her daughter, Ruth Stone of Gilford, testifyeth that about February, 
1729-30, at the house of sd. Ensign White, proposed to her mother (Mrs^ 
Martha White, widow) to give to her daughter Esther her kettle, her 
bed, one pillow, two blankets and her curtains. The sd. widow, her moth- 
er, replyed : "She may have them if she will. I do desire it." Further 
saith not. 

Test: before John Hamlin, J. P. 

Court Record, Page 21 — 2 June, 1730: Adms. to Daniel White arid 
Samuel Stow. 

Page 48 — 6 July, 1731 : Adms. account accepted and Quietus Est. 
granted. 

Page 59. 

Wickham, Thomas, Wethersfield. Died 30 April, 1730. Invt. £61- 
06-02. Taken by Martin Kellogg and Joseph Woodhouse. 

Court Record, Page 22 — 2 June, 1730: Adms. to Gideon Wickham 
of Southold, in the Province of New York, on the Island of Nassau. 

Page 23 — 16 June, 1730: Gideon Wickham, Adms., exhibits account 
which was accepted, and he was discharged from his bond and Adms. 
granted to Benjamin Deming of Wethersfield. 



I72'9 TO 1732, PROBATE RECORDS. 133 

Page 332. 

Wilcox, Sergt. William, Simsbury. Died 22 March, 1733. Invt. 
£438-09-07. Taken 19 April, 1733, by Samuel Pettebone, William Alder- 
man and Joseph Case, Jr. The legatees of the estate of the deed, are 
his wife Elizabeth and his sons : William, 30 years, Azariah 27, Amos 24, 
Daniel 16 ; and his daughters : Elizabeth, 32, and Mary, 20 years of age. 
Will dated 19 March, 1732-3. 

I, William Wilcox of Simsbury, do make this my last will and testa- 
ment : Imprimis. For the love that I bear to my dear wife Elizabeth I 
give to her the improvement of 1-2 of my dwelling house, 1-2 of my 
barn, and 1-3 part of my orchard, and 1-3 part of the homelott, during 
her natural life; and also 1-3 part of my moveable estate forever, after 
my debts are paid out of them. And also my sons shall pay her. if she 
demand it, the sum of £3 annually during life, to be paid in equal shares 
by William, Azariah, Amos and Daniel. To my son William, my eldest 
son, I give, over and above an equal share of my real estate, all that charge 
that I have been at in helping him to build his house. I give and con- 
firm to my sons, William, Azariah and Amos, what I have already given 
them by deed of gift, only it is to be recorded to them as part of their 
shares and part of their portions hereafter mentioned according to its 
value in sd. deed. I give to my sons William and Azariah one acre of 
land (where they choose to take it) in my meadow lott in Farmingtown 
bounds. I give all my lands to my sons, William, Azariah, Amos and 
Daniel, except as before is expressed, to hold in equal shares. But I 
order that my son Amos shall hold, sole seized, the 1-2 of a grant of 
land I have in a place called the Great Swamp, and also my son Daniel 
shall hold, sole seized, the homestead and ye lott and orchard that I had 
of my father. And if the value of them should exceed his portion, or 
4th part, he shall pay his brothers the amount of sd. excess equally. I 
order my sons William, Azariah and Amos to pay to my son Daniel, 
when he comes of age, the sum of £6, or so much as the 1-2 of that grant 
of land at ye Great Swamp shall be prised, at the sd. Daniel's election. 
I give to my two daughters, Elizabeth and Mary, with what they have 
already had, the sum of £40 money to each of them, to be paid out of the 
moveable estate ; or, if not sufficient, shall be paid by my four sons equal- 
ly. I appoint my wife Elizabeth and my son William executors. 
Witness : Timothy Woodbridge, William Wilcox, ls. 

Samuel Pettihone, Samuel Humphrey, 2nd. 

Court Record, Page 89 — ist May, 1733 : Will proven. Daniel Wil- 
cox, a minor, chose his mother Elizabeth Wilcox to be his guardian. 



Page 306. 

Winchell, John, Windsor. Invt. £110-00-00. Taken 5 July, 1733, 
by Jonathan Stiles and Samuel Stoughton. 



134 PROBATE RECORDS. VOL. XIj 

Court Record, Page 98 — 2 October, 1733: Adms. granted to Martha 
Winchell, widow, who recog. in £400 with Jonathan Stiles. 

Page 44 (Vol. XII) 4 May, 1736: A discharge was now exhibited 
in Court by Martha Winchell under the hands and seals of John Winchell, 
Samuel Winchell, Simon Chapman, Silence Chapman and Hannah 
Winchell, heirs to the estate, who acknowledge the receipt of their por- 
tions of the estate of John Winchell, their father, deceased. 

Page 45 — 19 May, 1736: Ebenezer Winchell, age 14 years, son of 
John Winchell, late deed., chose John Stoughton of Windsor to be his 
guardian. Recog., iioo. 



Page 68. 

Wolcott, Anna, Wethersfield. Invt. £105-17-10. Taken 30 June, 
1730, by Samuel Curtis and Joseph Woodhouse. She was 3rd daughter 
of Mr. George Wolcott, late of Wethersfield deed. 

Court Record, Page 24 — 7 July, 1730: Adms. to Mrs. Elizabeth 
Wolcott. 

Page 48 — 6 July, 173 1 : Account exhibited. 



Page 237. 

Wolcott, Simon, Windsor. Invt. £196-03-09. Taken 27 Novem- 
ber, 1732, by Hezekiah Porter and Joshua Loomis. 

Court Record, Page 78 — 5 December, 1732: Adms. granted to 
Simon and James Wolcott, sons of the deed., who, with John Loomis, 
recog. in £300. 

Page 81 — 6 February, 1732-3 : An agreement to settle the estate of 
Symon Wolcott was exhibited in Court by the heirs of that estate under 
their hands and seals, and they acknowledged sd. agreement to be their 
free act and deed, which agreement is to be recorded in Windsor Town 
Book of Records. 



Wood, John. Court Record, Page 30 — 3 December, 1730: John 
Curtis to be guardian to John Wood, a minor, 2 years of age, his mother 
consenting. Recog., £50. 

Page 216. 

Woodbridge, Rev. Timothy, Hartford. Invt. £756-18-09. Taken 
10 October, 1732, by Cyprian Nichols and Joseph Skinner. Will dated 
1st April, 1732. 

I, Timothy Woodbridge, of Hartford, do make this my last will and 
testament: I give to my wife, Abigail Woodbridge, my team and fur- 



1729 TO 1732. PROBATE RECORDS. 135 

niture belonging thereunto, and the improvement of John Wobbin dur- 
ing the time he is bound to serve me at my present rates, and the pro- 
visions that are now in the house, and my negro girle named Lydia, de- 
sireing, if my wife should incline to it, that my daughter Susannah Treat 
may have said negro girle, paying a reasonable price for her. And where- 
as, I have disposed of the principal part of my real estate to my three 
sons by deeds of gift, my mind and will is that the remainder of my estate, 
both real and personal, shall be disposed of in the following manner: 
Whereas, I have given to my daughter Mary Pitkin that I account to 
the value of ii05 money, I give her £5 more out of my real estate. I give 
to my daughters Ruth Pierson and Susannah Treat, with what each of 
them have already received, so much out of my estate as to make up the 
value of iiio money to each of them. And whereas, my son Theodore 
is under tuition at Yale College, I give £100 out of my estate to defray 
the charge of his education there. I do appoint my son Timothy Wood- 
bridge sole executor of this my last will and testament, and do hereby 
authorize and impower my executor to make sale of my farm at Stafford 
and my interest in the western lands, or any part thereof, to enable him, 
with my moveable estate, to pay my just debts and legacies herein given. 
And what estate shall remain after my just debts and legacies are paid, 
shall be divided to and amongst my children, viz : to my three sons, 
Timothy, Ashbell and Theodore, and to my three daughters, Mary, Ruth 
and Susannah, in equal proportion. 

Witness : Hesekiah Wyllys, Timothy Woodbridge, ls. 

Samuel Woodhridge, Cyprian Nichols. 

Court Record, Page 74 — 2 September, 1732: Will exhibited by the 
executor. Rev. Timothy Woodhridge of Simsbury. 

Page 94 — 3 July, 1733 : Theodore Woodhridge, son of Rev. Timothy 
Woodhridge, chose his mother Abigail Woodhridge to be his guardian: 
Recog., £300. 



Page 183. 

Woodruff, Sergt. Joseph, Farmington (son to John Woodruff). 
Invt. £1002-09-07. Taken 24 March, 1732, by Joseph Hawley, Daniel 
Judd and John Merrells. Will dated 16 January, 1729-30. 

I, Joseph Woodruff of Farmingtown, son of John Woodruff, do 
make this my last will and testament: Unto my wife Elizabeth Wood- 
ruff, to her, her heirs and assigns forever, I give one certain parcel of 
land in Farmingtown containing 10 acres more or less, and also 1-3 part 
of all my personal estate. And further, I give her the use, improvement 
and profit of my homestead where I now live, with all the buildings 
thereon standing, and all other of my lands lying on the east side of the 
river in sd. Farmingtown. This during her widowhood and bearing of 
my name. Unto my son Josiah Woodruff I give the 1-2 part of my team 
and team tackling. Unto my five sons, viz., Josiah Woodruff, Jonathan 



f^^ PROBATE RECORDS. VOL. Xt, 

Woodruff, Joseph Woodruff, Zebulon Woodruff and Judah Woodruff, 
to them and their heirs forever, in equal proportions between them, I 
give all my real estate of houseing and lands, whatsoever and whereso- 
ever it may be found, they not to in joy that part thereof willed to their 
mother for her use until the term therein set be expired, and the lo acres 
given her for her own is excepted. Unto my daughter Hannah Clark, be* 
sides what I have already given her, I give her 30 shillings. Unto my 
three daughters, viz., Lydia Woodruff, Phebe Woodruff and Abigail 
Woodruff, I give to each of them of my personal estate to the value of 
£30 as current money. And all the residue and remainder of my per- 
sonal estate, whatsoever and wheresoever, not before disposed of, I give 
linto my three youngest daughters in equal proportions between them. 1 
appoint my wife Elizabeth Woodruff and Josiah Woodruff executors. 
Witness : John Hooker, Sen., Joseph Woodruff, ls. 

Joseph Hooker, Roger Hooker. 

Court Record, Page 66 — 2 April, 1732 : Will exhibited by Elizabeth 
Woodruff and Josiah Woodruff, executors named in the will. Josiah 
Woodruff refused the trust. Jonathan, Joseph and Zebulon Woodruff, 
minor children of Joseph Woodruff, chose their mother Elizabeth Wood- 
ruff to be their guardian, and she was also appointed guardian to Abigail 
and Judah, all children of the sd. deed. Recog., ^300. 



Page 243. 

Woodruff, Ensign Samuel, Farmington. Invt. £2649-13-02. Taken 
26 December, 1732, by Isaac Cowles, Daniel Judd and Anthony Judd. 
Will dated 8 February, 1 730-1. 

The last will and testament of Samuel Woodruff is as follows : I 
give to my wife Mary Woodruff, besides her thirds, the use of 1-3 part 
of my house, orchard and barn. Also, I give to my wife £10 in money 
besides her thirds in the moveables. I give to my eldest son, Ezekiel 
Woodruff, his heirs and assigns forever, my new house and all the nails, 
boards and logs that I have prepared for the same; also 100 acres of 
land where the house standeth, to be taken on the north side of the lott, 
extending eastward to the west end at a place where the old bars were ; 
but if the lott should be moved west, then to extend west accordingly ; also 
my lott of land in the first tier in the west division, which was my grand- 
father Woodruff's lott firstly; also my great Bible. I give and bequeath 
to my son James Woodruff my house and homestead, with the buildings 
thereon, and all the remainder of my lott at Burnt Hill. I give unto my 
son Robert Woodruff my lott of land at the Green Swamp by David 
Curtice, and also all my right in ye lott that was my father Judd's in the 
division of land against Hartford, and also 1-4 part of the lott that was 
Mr. Anthony Howkins's in sd. division. I give unto my son Samuel 
Woodruff my lott in the southward division, which lott was firstly John 



1729 TO 1732. PROBATE RECORDS. 137 

Warner's, Sen., and also the whole of my land lying in that division of 
land against Waterbury. I give unto my daughter Mary Woodruff my 
lott of land against Hartford, that lott that was firstly John Scovell's, 
and also 3-4 part of that lott which was firstly John Higginson's in the 
Shuttle Meadow division. I give unto my daughter Abigail my lott of 
land in the division against Hartford, that lott that was firstly Jonathan 
Smith's, and also 1-4 part of my grandfather Woodruff's lott in Shuttle 
Meadow division. I give unto my daughter Sarah Woodruff my lott of 
land lying in the north division on the west side of the river at Nod, 
that lott that was firstly Thomas Newell's, I give unto each of my daugh- 
ters so much of the remainder of my estate as to make them, with what 
I have given them in lands, worth the sum of £150 to each of them. The 
remainder of my estate, both personal and real, I give unto my sons to 
be equally divided between them. I appoint my wife Mary Woodruff and 
my loving son Ezekiel Woodruff executors. 

Witness : Johyi Hart, Samuel Woodruff. 

Matthezv Woodruff, Jr., Samuel North. 

Court Record, Page 82 — 6 February, 1732-3: Will now exhibited by 
the executors. Abigail Woodruff, a minor, 14 years of age, chose her 
mother Mary Woodruff to be her guardian. The widow was also ap- 
pointed guardian to Samuel Woodruff, age 10 years, and Sarah Woodruff, 
age 7 years, children of the sd. deed. 



Page 207. 

Wright, Capt. Samuel, Wethersfield. Invt. £2222-07-02. Taken 28 
June, 1732, by Daniel Wright and Jonathan Belding. 

Court Record, Page 72 — 2y June, 1732: Adms. granted to Abigail 
Wright, the widow. 

Page 93 — 3 July, 1733 : Abigail Wright, Adms., exhibited an account 
of her Adms., which is accepted. 

Page 96 (Vol. Xni) 13 August, 1741 : Abigail Wright (alias Dick- 
inson), Adms., having finished her account, exhibits it as followeth: 

£ s d 
Paid in debts and charges the sum of 139-05-02 

Inventory of the moveable estate, 1573- 16- 15 

There remains for distribution to the widow and children, 1434- 11-03 

To Abigail Wright, alias Dickinson, 478-03-09 

To Samuel, eldest son, 318-15-10 

To Abigail, to Rebeckah, to Lucy and Moses Wright, to each, 159-07-11 

Noadiah Dickinson, in right of his wife Abigail, moves this Court 
that her right of dowry may be set out to her. This Court appoint Capt. 
Eleazer Goodrich, Lt. Jonathan Belding and Benjamin Stilman to set 
out to the sd. Abigail Dickinson her 1-3 part of the houseing and lands of 
her deceased husband's estate. Moses Wright, age 10 years, son of Capt. 



138 PROBATE RECORDS. VOL. XI, 

Samuel Wright, chose Noadiah Dickinson to be his guardian. Recog., 

i200. 

Page 95 — 7 July, 1741 : Samuel Wright, age 19 years, chose Jona- 
than Goodrich to be his guardian. Recog., £500. Rebeckah Wright, age 
14 years, chose her father-in-law Noadiah Dickinson to be her guardian. 
Recog., £500. Noadiah Dickinson, guardian to Moses Wright, having 
resigned, this Court appoint the sd. Moses* Wright to be guardian to sd. 
minor, the sd. Moses Wright. Recog., £500. Abigail Wright, age 17 
years, chose Ebenezer Wright to be her guardian. Allowed. 

Page I (Vol. XIV) 6 April, 1742: Timothy Wright of Wethersfield, 
who was guardian to Lucy Wright, a minor daughter of Samuel Wright, 
now resigns the trust, whereupon sd. minor made choice of Rev. Daniel 
Fuller to be her guardian. Recog., £500. 

Page 7 — 9 June, 1742: A return of the widow's dowry was exhibited 
in Court under the hands of Eleazer Goodrich, Jonathan Belding and 
Benjamin Stilman. Accepted. 



Page 70. 

Wyott, Israel, Colchester. Invt. £1121-05-07. Taken 2 May, 1729, 
by William Roberts and Nathaniel Foote. An addition to the invt. of a 
mare, a colt, a broad ax, a hand-saw, drawing knife and several other 
small things not yet apprised. Taken by Ephraim Welles, John Skinner 
and Isaac Jones. 

Court Record, Page 4 — 4 November, 1729: Will not proven (not 
found on file or record). Adms. granted to Sarah Wyott, the widow, who 
recognized with Noah Welles. Mary Wyott, a minor daughter of Israel 
Wyott, chose her mother, Mrs. Sarah Wyott, to be her guardian. 



♦Note: A recorder's error is apparent in the appointment by the Court of a 
guardian to Moses Wright after the refusal or resignation of his father-in-law 
Noadiah Dickinson. Probably Timothy Wright was appointed. Moses the minor 
could not be guardian to himself. 



PEOBATE EEOOEDS. 



VOLUME XII. 



1732 to 1T3T. 



Page 380. 

Ackley, Sergt. John, East Haddam. Died 25 August, 1736. Invt. 
£383-04-06. Taken by Henry Chapman, Jeremiah Gates and Thomas 
Cone. 

Court Record, Page 50 — 22 September, 1736: Adms. to John Ackley, 
son of the deed., who gave bond with Bartholomew Foster of Walling- 
ford for £500. 

Page 52 — 2 November, 1736: Exhibit of inventory. 



Page 370. 

Andrews, John, Middletown. Invt. £1687-07-08. Taken ist Sep- 
tember, 1736, by John Sage, Solomon Adkins and Joseph Rockwell. Will 
dated 31 July, 1736. 

I, John Andrews of Middletown, doe make this my last will and 
testament: I give unto Rachel, my wife, 1-3 part of my real estate dur- 
ing her natural life, and 1-3 part of all my personal estate to be at her 
own dispose. I give to my son Thomas Andrews iio, which is his full 
portion of my estate with what I have already given him. I give to my 
daughter Abigail Porter £24-13-00 added to what I have already given 
her, which makes the sum of i6o. I give unto my daughter Hannah 
Johnson £22-11-00. I give to my daughter Sarah Gillum £28-18. I give 
to my daughter Mary Tryon £28 — which makes to each the sum of £60. 
I give to my two sons, Joseph and Benjamin, 2-3 of all my real estate 
for their present improvement, and 2-3 of all my personal estate also; 
and the other third of my real estate to them after their mother's decease, 
equally to be divided between them, accounting £130 which I have al- 
ready given to Joseph and £120 which I have already given to Benjamin. 
And my will is my son Benjamin shall have the dwelling house that I 
built for my son Samuel, and half an acre of land adjoining thereto, as 
part of his portion. I give to my two daughters, Jane and Elizabeth, to 



140 PROBATE RECORDS. VOL. XII, 

each £60. I give to my granddaughters, Lois and Lucia (the daughters 
of my son Samuel Andrews deceased), to each of them £70. I ordain 
my two sons, Joseph and Benjamin, executors. 

Witness : Thomas Johnson, Jr., John Andrews, ls. 

Samuel Lucas, William Rockwell. 

Court Record, Page 50 — 7 September, 1736: Will proven. 

Page 59 (Vol. XIV) 4 June, 1745: Rachel Andrews, widow and 
relict, moves to this Court that her right of dower in the real estate of 
the sd. deed, may be set out to her according to the last will and testa- 
ment of the sd. deed. Whereupon this Court appoint William Rockwell, 
Robert Johnson and Joseph Johnson to set out to the widow her right 
of dower by bounds and marks, and make return to this Court. 



Page 288-9. 



Barnard, Sergt. -John, Hartford. Invt. taken 30 January, 1734-5, 
by William Pratt, Thomas Sanford and Joseph Talcott, Jr. Will dated 
30 May, 1732. 

I, John Barnard of Hartford, doe make this my last will and testa- 
ment : I give to my cousin Jonathan Olcott of Hartford a tract of land in 
Hartford where his dwelling house now is, being part of my house lott, 
the northwest corner of it, bounded north by the Town Street 14 rods, 
and west by the Town Street 12 rods, south by my own land 14 rods, and 
east by my own land 7 rods. I give to my cousin Joseph Olcott all the 
rest of my land and buildings, and also all my husbandry tools, with 2 
yoke of oxen and two horse kind. I give to Sarah, my wife, the use of 
1-3 part of my land and buildings during her natural life, and all her 
goods and estate that was her own before our marriage, one cow and 
one three-year-old heifer, to her forever. I make Joseph Olcott my ex- 
ecutor. 

Witness : Daniel Burr, John Barnard, ls. 

Nathaniel Goodwin, Richard Abbe. 

Court Record, Page 21 — 12 February, 1734-5 : Will exhibited by 
Joseph Olcott, executor. Joseph Barnard, a brother of the deceased, 
objected against the proof and approbation of the will. It was approved, 
and Joseph Barnard appealed to the Superior Court. 

Page 24 — 1st April, 1735 : Sarah Barnard, widow of Sergt. John 
Barnard, moves this Court to set out her dower. John Marsh, John 
Skinner and Obadiah Spencer were appointed. 

Page 36 — 13 November, 1735 : Report of the dower set out accord- 
ing to the will. 

Page 362. 

Beckley, Benjamin, Wethersfield. Will dated 28 June, 1728: I, 
Benjamin Beckley of Wethersfield, think it my duty to make this my 



1732 TO 1737. PROBATE RECORDS. I4I 

last will and testament. I give to my eldest son, John Beckley, the house 
he now lives in, with 1-2 of all my land. I give to my other son, Ben- 
jamin Beckley, the house I now live in, and barn, and the other half of 
all my land. I give to my daughter Martha Hart, over and above what 
I have already given her, 5 shillings money. I give to my younger daugh- 
ters, Miriam and Hannah, all my remaining moveables, to be divided to 
them equally after the decease of my wife. I give to my wife, during 
the time she shall continue my widow, one convenient room in my dwell- 
ing house and the comfortable and honourable subsistence to be con- 
tributed to her (with her own labour) by my sons in equal proportions. 
And in case my sd. sons shall neglect or refuse, my will is that my sd. 
wife shall have the improvement of 1-3 part of my lands while she con- 
tinues my widow. My wife and my sons John and Benjamin to be ex- 
ecutors. 

Witness : Nathaniel Burnham, Benjamin Beckley, ls. 

Joseph Flower, Henry Hills. 

Court Record, Page 46 — ist June, 1736: Will proven. 



Page 261. 

Bidwell, Mary, Middletown. Invt. £22-18-08. Taken 13 Septem- 
ber, 1734, by Nathaniel White and Richard Goodrich. 

Court Record, Page 9 — 3 September, 1734: Adms. granted to Heze- 
kiah Sumner of Middletown. 

Page 32 — 2 September, 1735 : Hezekiah Sumner, Adms., exhibited 
an account of his Adms., which is accepted by the Court. 



Page 238-9, 251. 

Bissell, David, Windsor. Invt. £523-09-08. Taken 8 March, 1733-4, 
by Job Elsworth, Joseph Phelps and Joshua Loomis. 

Court Record, Page 2 — ist April, 1734 : Adms. granted to Nathaniel 
Bissell, Jr., and David Bissell, who recog. in £800 with John Burroughs 
of Windsor. 



Bissell, Nathaniel, Windsor. Court Record, Page 40 — 23 Febru- 
ary, 1735-6: Adms. granted to David Bissell, who gave bond with Moses 
Cook of Hartford. 



Page 367. 

Blake, Elizabeth, Middletown. Invt. £87-07-06. Taken 23 March, 
1736, by Daniel Hall and Stephen Blake. Will dated 4 February, 1735-6. 



142 PROBATE RECORDS. VOL. XII, 

I, Elizabeth Blake, widow relict of John Blake the 2nd, late of Mid- 
dletown, do make my last will and testament as follows : What right I 
have in lands in Woodstock shall be equally divided among my foure sons, 
viz., Richard, John, Joseph and Freelove. And that my moveable estate 
shall be equally divided among my fower sons, except one pair of steers 
3 years old next spring, which steers I give to my son Freelove besides 
his equal quarter-part of all my estate whatsoever. I also give unto my 
son Freelove that gun which I bought with my own money. The reason 
why I give the above particulars to my son Freelove is because he hath 
taken care of me and my creatures and wrought for a great part of them. 
It is my will that what right I have in lands descending to me in right 
of my father shall be equally divided amongst my four sons. I give to 
Mary Bevin, who liveth with me, one cow. I appoint my son Richard sole 
executor. 

Witness : Elizabeth Kent, Elizabeth X Blake^ ls. 

Esther Blake, Joseph Rockwell. 

Court Record, Page 47 — 6 July, 1736: Will exhibited by Richard 
Blake, executor. Proven. 



Invt. in Vol. XIII, Page 19-20. 

Blynn, Deliverance, Wethersfield. Invt. £1256-02-03. Taken 11 
December, 1736, by Nathaniel Stilman, Hezekiah May and John Stilman. 

Court Record, Page 53 — 4 January 1736-7: Adms. granted to Ben- 
jamin Stilman of Wethersfield. Recog., iSoo, with John Stilman. 

Page 47 (Vol. XIII) April, 1739 : George Blynn, a minor, 14 years of 
age, son of Deliverance Blynn, chose his uncle Nathaniel Stilman to be 
his guardian. Recog., £200. 



Page 348-9. 

Booge, Richard, East Haddam. Invt. £177-16-06. Taken 6 March, 
1733-4, by John Spencer, John Church and Jabez Chapman. The apprise- 
ment of the house, barn, orchard and appurtenances, with the lott of land 
given by Mr. John Booge to his son Richard Booge, was taken 23 April, 
1734, being valued by the apprisers at £400, with right in the undivided 
lands of £5-03-00. Total, £405-03-00. By John Spencer, John Church 
and Jabez Chapman. 

Court Record, Page i — ist April, 1734: Adms. granted to Joanna 
Booge, the widow, who recog. in £200 with Jonathan Mark of Lyme. 

Page 13 — 13 November, 1734: John Booge of East Haddam is ap- 
pointed guardian to Sarah Booge, a minor daughter of Richard Booge 
deed. Recog., £100. 



1732 TO 1737. PROBATE RECORDS. 1 43 

Page 385-6-7. 

Brainard, William, Jr., Haddam. Died i8 March, 1736. Invt. 
£636-18-06. Taken 31 March, 1736, by Joseph Arnold, Ebenezer Smith 
and Thomas Sheldon. Will dated 4 March, 1735-6. 

I, William Brainard, Jr., of Haddam, do make this my last will and 
testament: I give unto my wife Esther her dower rights. I give to my 
only son Jonathan Brainard and his heirs and assigns forever, my dwell- 
ing house, barn, and two acres of land takeing in sd. house and barn, and 
1-2 of all my lands, be the same more or fewer acres, besides the sd. two 
acres, in consideration that he pay to my three daughters hereinafter men- 
tioned, within one year after he shall arrive to the age of 21 years, 1-2 of 
what there shall be wanting of £150 of my personal estate after my debts 
are paid and my wife shall have had her thirds out of the sd. personal es- 
tate. I give to my three daughters, to Esther, to Prudence, and to Eliza- 
beth, £50 to each. And for one that may be born provision is made in the 
will, whether it be a son or a daughter. I make my wife Esther Brainard 
and my brother Josiah Brainard executors. 

Witness : Chileab Brainard, William Brainard, Jr., ls. 

Daniel Bidwell, Hes: Brainard. 

Court Record, Page 51 — 5 October, 1736: Will and inventory ex- 
hibited by the executors. Proven. 



Page 256. 

Brooks, Deacon Thomas, Haddam. Died 6 April, 1734. Invt. 
taken 28 June, 1734, by Joseph Arnold, Caleb Cone and Thomas Shel- 
don. Will dated 24 February, 1728-9. 

I, Thomas Brooks of Haddam, do make this my last will and testa- 
ment : I give and bequeath to Susannah, my wife, the use of my dwelling 
house, barn and shop, and all that part of land hereinafter given to rny 
son Jabez as his portion, for and until he shall attain to the age of 21 
years if he live so long, or till she shall be married again, which shall hap- 
pen first. I also give her i weaving loom, together with half the tackling 
belonging to two looms, and if sd. Jabez arrive at the age aforesd. and she 
remain still my widow, I give her the use of one end of my dwelling house 
(which she shall choose), viz., two rooms, so long as she shall continue 
my widow. I give to my wife ye third part of all my moveable estate for- 
ever. As touching my eldest son Thomas, I have already by deed of gift 
settled his inheritance upon him, reserving £8 to be paid by him to me or 
my order. As to my son Abraham, I have already by deed of gift settled 
his inheritance upon him, reserving £9 to be paid by him to me or my or- 
der. Item. I give to my son Jabez, and to his heirs and assigns forever, 
all my land lying southwestward on his brother Abraham's land, butting 
thereon northwesterly, butting northeast partly on the Great River and 
partly on land of Capt. James Welles, and butting on land of Capt. Caleb 



144 PROBATE RECORDS. VOL. XIIj 

Cone southeast, he to pay to his only sister Eunice iio in money at the age 
of 1 8 years. I give to my son Joseph all my lands and rights of land, 
divided and undivided, within the bounds of Haddam, be the same more 
or less, which is not by me already disposed of, except the sixth division 
lott laid out upon my list which lyes near Flag Swamp. I give to my 
daughter Mary, over and above what I have already given and done for 
her, 20 shillings of money. I give to my other five daughters, viz., Eliza- 
beth, Susannah, Thankfull, Sarah and Eunice, all my moveable estate not 
hereinbefore disposed of, and also £8 in money to be paid them by their 
brother Thomas, and £9 in money to be paid them by their brother Abra- 
ham. And whereas, two of my sd. daughters, viz., Elizabeth and Susan^ 
nah, are deceased, I do will and determine that their children, viz., Eliza- 
beth Lester and Susannah Smith, shall have their mother's part of my es- 
tate, and that the £17 in money last mentioned be equally divided and paid 
to my sd. daughters and sd. grandchildren, Mary and Eunice not to have 
any part thereof, but are hereby exempted. Finally, I do appoint my lov' 
ing wife Susannah and my loving son Thomas executors. 

Witness: Caleb Cone, Thomas Brooks, ls. 

Caleb Cone, Jr., Elisha Cone. 

Court Record, Page 8 — 6 August, 1734: Will proven. 



Page 319-20. Will in Vol. XXII, Page yy. 

Brown, Nathaniel, Middletown. Invt. £129-14-05. Taken 15 July, 
I735» by John Collins, Joseph Rockwell and Robert Hubbard. Will 
dated 20 September, 1731. 

I, Nathaniel Brown of Middletown, being sicke and weak in body, 
doe make this my last will and testament: I give to Sarah, my wife, the 
whole of my household goods and all other moveable estate (as stock of 
creatures and other utensils of what kind soever), to be for her comfort 
and at her dispose forever (excepting my gun and sword and amunition, 
which, if my daughter Sarah Beckwith should have a son and they call 
him after my name, I give the sd. arms and amunition unto that child). 
It is my will that my Wongunk land and my lott in the last division of 
land on the east side of the Connecticut River, which was laid out in the 
name of Jasper Clemens, and also my 15-acre lott by Capt. Daniel Hall's, 
each lott shall be made sale of by my executors after named, for the pay- 
ment of my just debts and funeral charges, and for the procuring of two 
silver cups, to be marked with the two first letters of my name, and to 
be of £12 price each of them, the one of which cups I give to the First 
Church in Middletown, and the other of them I give unto that church in 
Lyme which my son George Beckwith is now the pastor of. I give unto 
Sarah, my wife, for her comfort so long as she shall continue my widow, 
my dwelling house and barn and homestead, and my two acres of Long 
Meadow and my Boggy Meadow land. I give unto my only daughter 
Sarah, now the wife of George Beckwith, and to her issue, all other of 



1732 TO 1737. PROBATE ilECORDS. 145 

my lands in Middletown which are not above mentioned, as specified of 
record, and also all my above-mentioned buildings and lands granted to 
my wife, when her right therein shall expire. I give to my son George 
Beckwith and to my daughter Sarah, now his wife, all my right in Lyme, 
to be wholly at their dispose. I give to my son and daughter above 
named my griss mill and my right there, they allowing and paying to my 
wife the 1-6 part of their income from time to time therefrom for her 
support and comfort, excepting my executors shall see cause to sell sd. 
mill and keep the lands above mentioned for sale, or any parts of sd. 
lands, then the sd. lands to be theirs. I give to my daughter and son all 
my rights in Middletown. I constitute my wife and George Beckwith 
and Sarah his wife my executors. 

Witness : Giles Hall, Nathaniel Brown, ls. 

Joseph Rockwell, Joseph Southmayd. 

Page 320 (Probate Side, Vol. XII) : An agreement, dated 14 July, 
1735, made by and between Mrs. Sarah Brown of Middletown, widow 
and relict of Mr. Nathaniel Brown deed., and the Rev. Mr. George 
Beckwith of Lyme, in the County of New London, and with Sarah his 
wife, daughter of them the aforesd. Nathaniel and Sarah Brown. It is 
mutually agreed by the parties aforesd. that the sd. Sarah Brown shall 
have, hold and in joy to her, her heirs and assigns forever, all the per- 
sonal or moveable estate which Mr. Nathaniel Brown was possessed 
of at the time of his death, excepting only ye gun and sword and am- 
unition accutrements for war, with the use and improvement of the 
dwelling house, barn and homested, his 2 acres of Long Meadow and the 
Boggy Meadow land, during the terme that sd. Sarah Brown remains a 
widow. It is further agreed that Adms. of the estate shall be granted to 
the Rev. George Beckwith, and that after paying all just debts the re- 
mainder and residuary of the estate of sd. Nathaniel Brown, with the 
reversion thereof, be and remain unto her the sd. Sarah Beckwith, her 
heirs and assigns forever, so that neither the sd. Sarah Brown nor any 
other from or by her shall have any rights whatsoever in the residuary 
and remainder of the estate aforesd. under colour of dowry or priviledge 
of thirds, but that she and they and each of them shall be secluded and 
barred forever. 

Sarah Brown, ls. 

George Beckwith, ls. 

Sarah Beckwith, ls. 

Court Record, Page 30 — 14 July, 1735 : Adms. granted to George 
Beckwith of Lyme, who recog. with John Brown of Middletown. An 
agreement for the settlement of the estate was now exhibited in Court 
and accepted. Ordered recorded and kept on file. 

Page 39 (Vol. XXII) 23 March, 1775: At a Court of Probates, 
held at Hartford, the last will and testament of Nathaniel Brown of 
Middletown, who died about the year 1731, was exhibited by Nathaniel 
Brown Beckwith, son of the sd. George Beckwith of Lyme, who reported 



146 PROBATE RECORDS. VOL. XII, 

that sd. will had for some time been secreted. Sd. will being proved by 
the witnesses thereto, taken by John Hamlin, J. P., is by this Court ap- 
proved and ordered to be recorded and kept on file. 



Page 254. 

Buck, Benjamin, Farmington. Invt. £53-05-10. Taken 6 June, 
1734, by Isaac Cowles and William Porter. 

Court Record, Page 5 — 4. June, 1734: Adms. granted to John Rue, 
who recog. in £200 with Stephen Buck. 

Page 7 — 2 July, 1734: The Adms. reports the estate insolvent, and 
this Court orders that necessaries be set out to Mary Buck, the widow. 

Page II — 8 October, 1734: John Rue, Adms., exhibits an account 
of his Adms. Accepted. 

Page 26 — 6 May, 1735: By an act of the General Assembly, this 
Court direct the Adms. to sell land at vandue to the value of £38-10-00. 

Page 30 — I St July, 1735 : A return of the sale of land by John Rue, 
Adms. Accepted. 



Buck, Thomas. Court Record, Page 28 — 3 June, 1735: Thomas 
Buck, a minor, age 16 years, chose John Benjamin of Hartford to be his 
guardian. Recognized in iioo. 



Page 268. 

Buell, Jonathan, Simsbury. Invt. £335-08-09. Taken 8 November, 
1734, by Joseph Humphrey, Joseph Hoskins and Andrew Robe. 

Court Record, Page 14 — 19 November, 1734: Adms. to Abigail 
Buell, widow. Recog., £300, with Jonah Case. 



Page 269. 

Buell, William, Simsbury. Invt. £565-01-09. Taken 30 October, 
1734, by Joseph Humphrey and Andrew Robe. Will dated 9 September, 

^734- .. . 

I, William Buell of Simsbury, see cause to make this my last will 

and testament: I give unto my brother Jonathan Buell my house and 

homelott with my barn and lott of land on the west side of the street 

where the barn standeth, with all my lands in Hop Meadow, and with 

all my other outlands that I shall die possessed of, to him and his heirs 

and assigns forever. I give to my brother Jonathan my horse, mare and 

colt, one yoke of oxen, two calves, two cows, and my cart and plow, and 

all my team tackling, corn on the ground and hay in the barn, with all 



1732 TO 1737. PROBATE RECORDS. I47 

my other moveable estate. Only I give to my sister Miriam Stephens 
one cow and calf. I also give unto my sister Esther Buell 3 sheep, and 
also order my brother Jonathan to pay unto my sister Esther £30 as 
money. I appoint my brother Jonathan Buell sole executor. 
Witness : Joseph Humphrey, William Buell, ls. 

John Hilyer, Andrew Robe, Jr. 

Court Record, Page 14 — 19 November, 1734 : Will now exhibited. 
Proven. But the executor being dead, this Court grant Adms. with the 
will annexed, to Thomas Stephens and Samuel Buell. 



Page 293. 

Burr, Jonathan, Middletown. Died ist February, 1734-5. Invt 
£963-03-03. Taken by Philip Gofif, George Hubbard and Daniel Prior. 
Will dated 27 January, 1734-5. 

I, Jonathan Burr of Middletown, doe make and ordain this my last 
will and testament: I give to my wife Abigail Burr the improvement 
of 1-3 part of my whole estate during life, and 1-3 part of my moveable 
estate forever. I give to my sons Ebenezer, Jonathan and Nathaniel, all 
of them an equal share in my dwelling house and in my barn. To my 
eldest son, Ebenezer, I give out of my real estate, over and above an equal 
part, £30 as money. My three sons shall have all of my lands equally 
alike, except Ebenezer to have £30 more. Nextly, my will is that my 
three sons shall pay to my six daughters as they come of age, Marcy, 
Elizabeth, Abigail, Thankfull, Hannah and Martha, £50 to each. I ordain 
my wife Abigail and my son Ebenezer to be my executors. 

Witness : Philip Goif, Jonathan Burr, ls. 

John Swadell, Nathaniel Goif, Jr. 

Court Record, Page 24 — i April, 1735 : Will proven. Abigail ac- 
cepts the trust. Ebenezer Burr refused to be executor. 

Page 3 (Vol. XIV) 13 December, 1742: Martha Burr, daughter of 
Jonathan Burr, chose Mr. Jacob Whitmore to be her guardian. Recog., 
£300. 



Page 278. 

Caldwell, John, Hartford. Invt. £5405-10-10. Taken 9 December, 
1734, by Benjamin Stilman, John Edwards and John Skinner. 

Court Record, Page 11 — 28 September, 1734: Adms. granted to 
Mrs. Hannah Caldwell, widow, who gave bond with Nathaniel Stilman 
of Wethersfield in £8000. 

Page 18 — 7 January, 1734-5: Invt. exhibited by Hannah Caldwell. 



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VOL. XII, 



Page 349-50- 

Carter, Joshua, Hartford. Invt. £1521-10-01. Taken 26 February, 
1735-6, by John Skinner and Joseph Skinner. Will dated 22 May, 1733. 

I, Joshua Carter of Hartford, doe make this my last will and testa- 
ment : I give unto Mary, my wife, 1-3 part of my moveable estate forever, 
and 1-3 part of my houseing and lands during life. I give to my son 
John all my land, with the buildings thereon, in the west division of lotts 
in sd. Hartford, so-called, and £30 to be paid by my son Joshua for what 
is hereafter mentioned as given to him sd. Joshua. I give to my son 
Joshua my dwelling house, barn, orchard and 16 acres in the homested, 
more or less, adjoining, and also my cow pasture in Wethersfield butting 
on Hartford line, containing 10 acres more or less, he paying £30 to my 
son John. I give to my son Gideon all my land in Hartford that lyeth 
on the west side of the highway opposite from my house, and also all the 
houseing and land that fell to me from the estate of Robert Shirley deed. 
I give to my daughter Mary £5. I give to my daughter Sarah £5. I give 
to my daughter Ruth £50. I give to my granddaughter Abigail Benton 
£10 if she continue to live in my family with her grandmother till she 
be 18 years of age. After my debts are paid, the remainder of my estate, 
if any, I give to my 4 children, John, Joshua, Gideon and Ruth. I ap- 
point my son Joshua and my wife Mary to be sole executors. 

Witness : Thomas Richards, Joshua Carter^ ls. 

Thomas Seymour, Jr., Hepzihah Seymour. 

Court Record, Page 41 — 2 March, 1735-6: Will proven. 



Page 238, 

Case, Peletiah, Simsbury, Invt. £43-08-04. Taken March, 1734, 
by Joseph Cornish and Benajah Humphrey. 

Court Record, Page 2 — ist April, 1734: Adms. to Jonah Case, a 
brother. Recog., with Samuel Case. Estate insolvent. Michael Hum- 
phrey, Joseph Cornish and Samuel Pettebone 2nd appointed commission- 
ers. 



Page 359. 

Center, John, Middletown. Invt. £143-11-00. Taken 21 April, 
1736, by George Hubbard, Nathaniel Johnson and Stephen Blake. 

Court Record, Page 45 — 11 May, 1736: Adms. to Hannah Center, 
widow. Recog., £300, with James Brainard of Haddam. 

Page 15 (Vol. XIII) 6 September, 1737: Hannah Center, Adms., 
exhibited an account of her Adms. Accepted. 

Dist. File: 7 January, 1745: To Hannah Center, alias Turner, 
sometime widow of the deed., and to Hannah Center, only daughter. By 
William Whitmore and William Rockwell. 



1732 TO 1737. PROBATE RECORDS. I49 

Page 2 (Vol. XV) 7 January, 1745 : This Court appoint Mr. James 
Brainard of Haddam to be guardian unto Hannah Center, a minor, 13 
years of age, daughter of John Center, late of Hartford deceased. 

Page II — 6 May, 1746: Report of the distributors. 



Page 370. 

Chapman, William, Sen., Colchester. Will dated 21 August, 1724: 
Whereas, in time past, by a deed of guift, I have given to my son Solo- 
mon the farm which I now live upon, and have given to each of my 
other children what I designed they shall have of my estate saving the 
small legacies hereafter mentioned, I give unto Lydia, my wife, all my 
personal estate which I have now or may have at the time of my decease, 
to her only and sole use and disposal forever, with this proviso, that in a 
seasonable time after my decease she pay to each of my sons and daugh- 
ters, both by my former and prefient wife, the sum of 5 shillings in money, 
which shall be in full of their several portions of my estate. I appoint my 
wife Lydia sole executor. 

Witness : John Bulkeley, William X Chapman^ ls. 

Nathaniel Bosworth, Benj. Taylor. 

Court Record, Page 49 — 3 August, 1736: Will proven. 



Invt. in Vol. XHI, Page 26-7. 

Chenevard, John Michael, Hartford. Invt. ^856-19-10. Taken 19 
June, 1735, by Timothy Woodbridge and Cyprian Nichols. 

Court Record, Page 26 — 22 April, 1735 : Adms. granted to Margaret 
Chenevard, widow, who gave bond with John Beauchamp of £1000. 

Page 12 (Vol. XIV) 5 October, 1742: An account of Adms. was 
now exhibited in Court by Margaret Chenevard, widow and Adms: 
Paid in debts and charges, £1322-09-10. Which account is accepted and 
ordered to be kept on file. 

Page 54 — 5 February, 1744-5 : Pursuant to an act of the General 
Assembly, holden at New Haven on the 2nd Thursday of October, 1742, 
directing Mrs. Margaret Chenevard, Adms., and Mr. Amos Church, of 
Hartford, to make sale of so much real estate of the deceased as may be 
necessary to answer the sum of £466-17-03 and the necessary charges, 
this Court do direct sd. Mr. Church and the Adms. to set up advertisements 
on the sign post in Hartford, 20 days before the sale, signifying that 
there is to be sold at publick vandue, such a day, time and place, the home- 
lott of the deceased in Hartford, on the east side of the Great River, 
which land bounds west on a highway, east on land of Richard Burn- 
ham, south on land of John Goodwin, and north on land of Elisha Burn- 
ham; or so much thereof as shall procure sd. sum and charges of sale. 



ISO PROBATE RECORDS. VOL. XIIj 

Page 337-8-9- 

Church, John, Hartford. Invt. £1166-06-09. Taken 30 October, 
^735' by John Marsh, John Skinner and Jos: Talcott, Jr. Will dated 5 
June, 1735. 

I, John Church of Hartford, doe ordain this to be my last will and 
testament : I give to my eldest son, John Church, these several pieces 
of land as foUoweth, viz. : one piece of meadow land lying at the north 
end of the long meadow in Windsor bounds ; i parcel of land called the 
Blue Hill lott ; one piece of land lying in sd. long meadow. These three 
pieces of land is all that my son John shall have of my estate. I give to 
my son Caleb Church 4 acres of land upon the south side of my lott 
where his house stands, and also one parcel of land lying in Windsor. I 
give unto my son Joseph Church all the remainder of the lott I live upon, 
with all the buildings thereon standing; and one piece of land lying on 
the Brickhill Swamp in Hartford bounds. I give unto my son Daniel 
Church £60 in money or moveables. I give to my two daughters, Abigail 
Church and Mary Church, iioo apiece. I appoint my sons Caleb and 
Joseph Church executors. 

Witness: John Marsh, John Church, ls. 

Osias Pratt, Susannah Pratt. 

Court Record, Page 55 — 19 February, 1735-6: Receipt exhibited in 
Court from Abigail, Mary and Daniel Church, acknowledging their sev- 
eral legacies. (See the last page but one of Court Records.) 



Page 252. 

Churchill, Jonathan, Wethersfield. Invt. £346-04-05. Taken 3 
June, 1734, by Joseph Goodrich, James Butler and Nathaniel Wright. 
An addition to the inventory of £9-00-00, taken in Bolton 23 May, 1734, 
by William Howard and John Bishop. 

Court Record, Page 3 — 29 April, 1734: Adms. granted unto Samuel 
Churchill, who gave bonds with David Churchill of £600. 

Page 6 — 4 June, 1734: This Court appoint Samuel Churchill guar- 
dian to Jonathan Churchill, a minor, 10 years of age. Recog., £100. 

Page 15 — 3 December, 1734: This Court also appoint the sd. Samuel 
Churchill guardian to William Churchill, a minor, 7 years of age. Recog., 
£100. 

Page 49 (Vol. Xni) 1st May, 1739: Samuel Churchill, Adms., ex- 
hibited an account of his Adms: Paid in debts and charges, £43-01-07; 
and received in credit 5 shillings. Account accepted by the Court. 



Inventory on File. 

Churchill, Nathaniel, Wethersfield. Invt. taken 4 June, 1734, by 
Joseph Goodrich, James Butler and Nathaniel Wright. Invt. exhibited 
in Court by John Cole, Adms. Accepted. 



1732 TO 1737. PROBATE RECORDS. 15 1 

Page 290. 

Clark, Benoni, Windsor. Invt. £26-11-08. Taken by Isaac Skin- 
ner and John Eglestone. 

Court Record, Page 22 — 4 March, 1734-5: Adms. granted to Solo- 
mon Clark on the estate of Benoni Clark, late of Windsor, alias Enfield, 
in Hampshire County, in the Province of Massachusetts Bay. 



Inventory on File. 



Cole, Lydia, Wethersfield. Invt. £321-11-04. Taken 31 December, 
I734> by Gideon Goodrich, David Goodrich and Benjamin Wright. 

Court Record, Page 23 — 18 March, 1734-5: Adms. granted unto 
her son John Cole, who gave bonds with John Riley of £100. 

Page 43 — 13 April, 1736: John Cole, Adms,, exhibited an account 
of his Adms. Accepted. 



Cole, Lydia. Court Record, Page 55 — ist June, 1737: This Court 
appoint David Goodrich, Jr., to be guardian unto Lydia Cole, daughter of 
Joseph Cole, late of Stepney Parish, in Wethersfield, deed. Recog., £100. 



Inventory on File. 



Cole, Lydia, Middletown. Invt. £32-09-08. Taken 3 June, 1735, 
by Nathaniel White and Eleazer Gaylord. 



Page 308-9. 

Coleman, Capt. Thomas, Wethersfield. Invt. £1912-15-03. Taken 
by Thomas Curtis, Benjamin Stilman and Hezekiah May. 

Court Record, Page 27 — 6 May, 1735 : Adms. granted to Martha 
Coleman, widow, who recog. in £2000 with Nathaniel Stilman. 

Page 59 (Vol. XIII, Probate Side) : We, the subscribers, co-heirs 
to the estate of Capt. Thomas Coleman, late of Wethersfield deceased, 
having on the 26th and 27th of June, Anno. Dom. 1735, distributed to 
ourselves, by full and free consent and agreement of sd. co-heirs to the 
estate, do acknowledge the receipt of the severall sums annexed to our 
severall and respective names as followeth: 



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Received by John Coleman, Junr., the sum of 268-05-00 

Received by Elisha Coleman the sum of 268-05-00 

Received by Nathaniel Coleman the sum of 268-05-00 

Received by Ebenezer and Hannah Sage the sum of 268-05-00 

Received by Jonathan and Tabitha Bigg-elow the sum of 268-05-00 
Received by Mary Owen, wife and attorney of Aaron Owen, 

the sum of 268-05-00 

In testimony that we, sd. subscribers, have received the before writ- 
ten sums, or the just value thereof, from the aforesd. estate, being an- 
nexed to our severall and respective names, we do hereto set our hands 
severally and respectively. As witness oure hands this 27th day of June, 
Anno. Dom. 1735. 

Mary Owen, as atty. to Aaron Owen, Nathaniel Burnham, Jr., 
John Coleman, Junr., ls. in behalf of John Coleman, Jr. 

Nathaniel Coleman. Elisha Coleman, ls. 

Nathll Burnham, 

in behalf of Nathll Coleman. 

Ebenezer Sage, ls. 

Jonathan Biggelow, Jr., ls. 

At a Court of Probate held at Hartford, for ye district of Hartford, 
on the 14th day of February, 1737-8, then the severall heirs to the estate 
of Capt. Tho. Coleman exhibited the foregoing agreement or receipts, 
and signed and sealed and acknowledged the same in Court. 

Test: Jos. Talcott, Junr., Clerk. 



Page 353. 

Colyer, John, Hartford. Invt. £299-12-08. Taken 2 August, 1734, 
by Nathaniel Goodwin and Jos : Talcott, Jr. 

Court Record, Page 6 — 17 June, 1734: Adms. granted to William 
Goodwin. Recog., £600, with Joseph Olcott. 

Page 44 — 13 April, 1736: William Goodwin, Adms., exhibited an 
account of his Adms. Accepted. 

Page 130 (Probate Side, Vol. XHI) : Know all men by these pres- 
ents: That we, William Goodwin and Elizabeth Goodwin, Joseph Olcott 
and Eunice Olcott, Thankfull Colyer and Mary Colyer, all of Hartford, 
being heirs to the estate of our brother John Colyer deceased, and there 
having been no legal partition yet made of our interest in sd. estate, we 
do now mutually agree in dividing our respective interest in the following 
manner : Firstly, that William Goodwin and Elizabeth his wife, and their 
heirs, shall have the upper lott and the long meadow, 7 acres more or 
less, butting north on land of John Skinner and Mrs. Woodbridge, and 
on William Day south; and also £27-14-02 interest in the lands belong- 
ing to the aforesd. estate in New Hartford, valueing the whole interest 



1732 TO 1737. PROBATE RECORDS. 153 

in New Hartford at £90. Secondly, that Joseph Olcott and Eunice his 
wife, and their heirs, shall have that lott over Brick Hill bridge, esteemed 
to be 21 acres, butting west on land belonging to the heirs of Elisha Lord 
and east on land of Obadiah Spencer; and also £6-06-08 interest in the 
lands at New Hartford. Thirdly, that Thankful! Colyer and her heirs 
shall have the homestead and the buildings thereon, butting east and 
north on a highway, south on Daniel Colyer's land, and west on Jonathan 
Burr's. Fourthly, that Mary Colyer shall have a lott on the east side of 
the Great River, esteemed to be about 25^ acres more or less, butting 
south on James Easton's land and north on the heirs of Daniel Clark; 
and also one small lott in the long meadow containing ^ of an acre, but- 
ting north on Abigail Woodbridge's land and south on Samuel Cadwell's 
land ; and also £56-04-02 interest in the lands at New Hartford. Fifthly : 

We, William Goodwin, Joseph Olcott and ThankfuU Colyer, do agree j 

and oblige ourselves in the defense of that lott on the east side of the 
Great River from the demands of Joseph Clark's heirs, promising for 
ourselves and heirs to be at our proportionable cost in case any suit shall 

arise, and bear our part of the damage that the sd. Mary or her heirs f 

shall sustain for want of a good title to the described land. In confirma- * 

tion of the foregoing agreement, we sett to our hands and fixed our seals 
this 27th day of March, 1739. 



William Goodwin, ls. 
Joseph Olcott, ls. 
Thankfull Colyer, ls. 



Elizabeth X Goodwin, ls. 
Eunice Olcott, ls. 
Mary Colyer, ls. 



Court Record, Page 46 — 27 March, 1739: An agreement now ex- 
hibited by the heirs to the estate of John Colyer, Jr., and accepted. 



Page 382. 

Cowles, Abigail, Kensington. Invt. £49-12-09. Taken 25 Novem- 
ber, 1736, by Anthony Judd and John Cowles. 

Court Record, Page 53 — 8 December, 1736: Invt. exhibited by 
Samuel Cowles, Adms. 

Page 9 (Vol. XIII) 7 June, 1737: Samuel Cowles, Adms., exhibits 
an account of his Adms. Accepted. 



Page 381. 

Cowles, Hezekiah, Kensington. Invt. £366-07-08. Taken 25 No- 
vember, 1736, by Anthony Judd and John Cowles. 

Court Record, Page 53 — 8 December, 1736: Adms. to Samuel 
Cowles of Farmington. Recog., £200, with Nathaniel Hart. 



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VOL. XII, 



Cowles, Timothy, Hartford. Died 30 August, 1736. Invt. £126-05- 
05, personal estate. Taken 2 November, 1736, by Joseph Pitkin and 
Nehemiah Olmsted. Will dated 31 March, 1728. 

I, Timothy Cowles of Hartford, do make this my last will and testa- 
ment: I give to my son William Cowles (besides what I have already 
given him) the 1-2 of my land in the lott whereon he dwells, which now 
remains undisposed of, and 10 acres toward the east end, lying east of 
the road, excepting 10 acres which I do hereafter give unto my son 
Joseph Cowles, and my part of the land within the meadow fence, which 
I do herein except, to be divided equally between him and my son Joseph 
Cowles, which land I give to the sd. William Cowles forever. I give 
unto my son Joseph Cowles, he paying f 10 of the legacies given to my 
daughters hereafter named, severall parcells of land as follows : That 
is, 10 acres of the upland lott whereon my son William Cowles now 
dwells, butting west on 10 acres toward the east and belonging to my son 
William above given ; also all my part of the sd. lott lying within the 
meadow fence, butting west on land of the heirs of Deacon Joseph Olm- 
sted ; and also the whole of my land lying within the meadow which is 
bounded north on land of the heirs of Deacon Joseph Humphrey, south 
on land of Richard Case and the heirs of Deacon Daniel Bidwell, west 
on land of Daniel Bidwell, and east on a highway; and 1-2 of my land 
in the lott whereon my son William dwells, to be divided equally with the 
sd. William Cowles ; and also all my part of the team tackling ; all which 
I give to my son Joseph Cowles forever. I give to my daughter Eliz- 
abeth Wells, besides what she hath already received, 20 shillings. I give 
unto my daughter Hannah Hubbard so much as to make up, with what 
she hath already, £40. I give to my daughter Abigail Cowles £40. 1 
give to my daughter Martha Cowles £40. I give all the remainder of my 
estate, after the legacies are paid, unto my two sons, William Cowles and 
Joseph Cowles, to be equally divided between them. And I make my two 
sons, William Cowles and Joseph Cowles, executors. 

Witness : Joseph Pitkin, Timothy Cowles, ls. 

Nehemiah Olmsted, Isaac Olmsted. 

Court Record, Page 50 — 22 September, 1736: Will proven. 



Page 302-3. 

Dyxx, Samuel, Wethersfield (yeoman). Invt. £516-13-11. Taken 9 
May, 1735, by Jonathan Belding, David Goodrich and Ebenezer Belding, 
Jr. Will dated 21 February, 1733-4- 

I, Samuel Dyxx of Wethersfield, do make this my last will and testa- 
ment : I give unto Mary, my wife, all my real and moveable estate, both 
house and negro man named Ruben, during their natural life. And after 



1732 TO 1737. PROBATE RECORDS. 155 

the decease of my sd, wife, I will and bequeath all my house, land and 
moveable estate to my grandson Charles Nott, with the negro man, except 
£5 to be given my daughter Sarah Nott. And further I give to Mary, 
my wife, one cow and one horse kind forever for her own. And I like- 
wise constitute, make and ordain Mary Dyxx, my wife, to be sole execu- 
trix of this my last will and testament, all and singularly my land, mes- 
suages and tenements by her freely to be possessed and enjoyed during 
her sd. life. And after her decease I ordain Jonathan Nott of Wethers- 
field to be my executor for to pay and deliver to my sd. daughter Sarah 
Nott the sd. £5, and the lands and moveable estate (with the sd. negro 
man) to Charles Nott. I do hereby utterly disanull and revoke all and 
every other former testament, legacies, bequests and executor by me in 
any way before named, willed and bequeathed, ratifying and confirming 
this and no other to be my last will and testament. In witness whereof 
I have hereunto set my hand and seal the year and day above written. 
Signed, sealed, published, pronounced and declared by the sd. Samuel 
Dyxx as his last will and testament in the presence of the subscribers. 

Witness : Aaron Goff, Samuel Dyxx, ls. 

Stephen Hollister, Henry Grimes. 

Court Record, Page 26 — 22 April, 1735 : Will proven. 



Page 363. 

Doud, Ser^. Jacob, Middletown. Invt. £672-00-00. Taken 27 
April, 1736, by Benjamin Cornwell, Stephen Turner and John Bartlett. 

Court Record, Page 46 — 17 June, 1736: Adms. granted to Elizabeth 
Doud, the widow. Recog., iiooo, with John Bartlett of Middletown. 

Page 17 (Vol. XIII) 6 December, 1737: John Doud, a minor, 20 
years of age, son of Jacob Doud, late of Middletown, chose Edward 
Higbee of Middletown to be his guardian. Recog., iioo. 

Page 19 — 3 January, 1737-8: Adms. account was now exhibited in 
Court by Isaac Lane and his wife, who was the widow and relict of sd. 
Doud, which account is accepted. Isaac Lane, the present husband to 
Elizabeth Lane, alias Doud, the relict of Jacob Doud, with his sd. wife, 
moved to this Court that a right of dower in the estate of the sd. deceased 
may be set out to her, whereupon this Court appoint Deacon Solomon 
Adkins, William Rockwell and Jonathan Allin, of sd. Middletown, to 
set out to the sd. Elizabeth 1-3 part of the real estate of the deed, by 
bounds, and make return of their doings thereupon to this Court. This 
Court appoint Isaac Lane to be guardian to 3 of the children of Jacob 
Doud, viz., Sarah, 10 years of age, Rachel 7 years, and Lois, age 4 years. 
Recog., £300. Esther Doud, 16 years of age, and Jacob Doud, 13 years, 
children of Jacob Doud, chose Edward Higby of Middletown to be their 
guardian. Recog., £200. 



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VOL. XII, 



See File: We, the subscribers, being by the honourable Court of 
Probate for the County of Hartford, on the 26th day of February, 1745-6, 
appointed to make division and partition of the lands of Jacob Doud, late 
of Middletown, in sd. County of Hartford, have with the partners and 
guardians done the same. We have set off to Joseph Tibbals, Jr., in 
right of Esther his wife, to Rachel Doud, to Lois Doud, to Samuel Green, 
Jr., in right of his wife Sarah, to the heirs of John Doud, eldest son, 
deed., to Jacob Doud, youngest son, to each of them their respective por- 
tion in lands belonging to the estate of the deed. By Nathaniel Bacon, 
William Rockwell and John Warner, distributors. 

We, the subscribers, being partners and guardians to the heirs of 
the within mentioned estate, do agree with and consent to the within 
division and settlement thereof. As witness our hands. 

Edward Higbee, 

Guardian to the heirs of John Doud 
deed., and to Jacob Doud. 
Isaac Lane, 

Guardian to Rachel and 
Lois Doud. 
Samuel Green, 
Joseph Tibbals, Jr. 

Page 26 (Vol. XV) 29 October, 1746: Report of the distributors. 
Accepted. 



Easton, Susannah. Court Record, Page 36—13 November, 1735: 
At the request and by the desire of Susannah Easton, widow relict of 
Joseph Easton, Jr., deceased, this Court appoint Michael Burnham of 
Hartford to be guardian to three of the children of the deceased, viz., 
James Easton, age 7 years; Susannah, age 5 years in July last, and 
Eliphalet, age 3 years 9th of August last. Recog., £200. 



Inventory on File. 

Eaton, Samuel, Tolland. Invt. £155-04-02. Taken by Samuel 
Chapman and Joseph West. 

Court Record, Page 55 — 8 February, 1736-7: Adms. granted to 
Ebenezer Heath, the widow desiring the same. 

Page 2 (Vol. XIII) 4 March, 1736-7: Inventory exhibited. 

Page 3 — 22 March, 1737: Jemima, age 7 years, Bethia 5 years and 
Samuel 3 years of age, children of Samuel Eaton, upon the desire of the 
widow the Court appoint Samuel Chapman to be their guardian. Recog., 
£200. 

Page 34 — 5 October, 1738: Ebenezer Heath, Adms., having first 
taken the advice of the Judge of the Court of Probates in the County of 



1732 TO 1737. PROBATE RECORDS. 157 

Hartford to sell so much of the real estate as will raise the sum of £47- 
17-05 with the necessary charges, whereupon this Court now directs the 
sd. Adms. to sell the dwelling house of the sd. deed., and so much of the 
land adjoining to sd. house, as will raise the sum aforesd, first setting 
up advertisements 20 days before the sale of the land, on the sign posts 
in the Town of Windsor, on the east side of the Great River, and on the 
sign posts in the Towns of Tolland and Stafford, signifying the place and 
time of day such estate will be sold, at the beat of the drum, to the highest 
bidder. 

Page 62 — 4 March, 1739-40: Samuel Chapman desires to be dis- 
charged as guardian to the children of Samuel Eaton, whereupon this 
Court appoints Joshua Wills of Tolland, father-in-law, to be guardian 
to sd. children, viz., Samuel, age 5 years ; Aaron 3 years, Jemima 9 years, 
and Bethia 6 years. 

Page 96 (Vol. XVI) 13 April, 1753: Aaron Eaton, a minor, 16 
years of age, son of Samuel Eaton, chose Mr. Joshua Wills to be his 
guardian. Recog., £200. 

Page loi — ist May, 1753: David Bates of Kent, in the County of 
Litchfield, showing to this Court that there are several pieces of land 
lying in the Town of Tolland that lies in common to the heirs of Samuel 
Eaton, which heirs (Samuel and Aaron) are minors, and that the sd. 
Bates has purchased the right of Jemima and Bethia Eaton, heirs to the 
sd. deceased, moves to this Court for freeholders to assist sd. minors in 
dividing sd. land : Whereupon this Court appoints Zebulon West, Barn- 
abas Delano and Eleazer Steele, of Tolland, to divide sd. land. 

Dist. File : We, the subscribers, being appointed by the Judge of 
Probate to make a distribution of the lands of Samuel Eaton, do distri- 
bute as follows: To Samuel Eaton, eldest son, 175^ acres of land, which 
we judge a double portion; to Bethia Crandall, the daughter, 5^ acres; 
to Jemima West, the daughter, 53/^ acres ; and to Aaron Eaton, youngest 
son, 5>4 acres. Distributed 28 May, 1753, by us: Barnabas Delano and 
Eleazer Steele. 



Will and Invt. in Vol. XIII, Page 33-4. 

Eglestone, Samuel, Middletown. Invt. £76-04-15. Taken 10 Jan- 
uary, 1736-7, by Solomon Adkins and William Rockwell; and in Guil- 
ford by Judah Everts, Ebenezer Chittenden and Samuel Chittenden. 
Will dated 13 April, 1736. 

I, Samuel Eglestone of Middletown, in the County of Hartford, being 
advanced to the age of 73 years, and being very infirm in body, do mak^ 
this my last will and testament: I give to Patience, my wife, the use of 
my dwelling house and all my homelott (being about 20 acres) during 
her natural life or so long as she remains my widow ; and 1-3 part of my 
moveable estate to be at her own dispose. I give to my son Samuel what 
I have already given him, and likewise all my land, divided and undivided, 
on the east side of the Great River in Middletown, forever. I give to my 



158 PROBATE RECORDS. VOL. XII, 

son-in-law, John Benton, and Abigail his present wife, my dwelling house 
and the south side of my present homelott, to lie 15 rods wide from end 
to end, and the equal half of my land on the east side of Hop Swamp 
,Brook, to lye on the north side, to them and their heirs forever, pro- 
vided my sd. son-in-law doth comfortably maintain my wife until her 
decease or marriage, and my son Joseph during his natural life. And 
the remainder of my homelott and the southern half of my land on the 
east side of Hop Swamp Brook I give to my daughters, Susannah, Sarah, 
Patience and Mary, they paying to my son Samuel the sum of /20 ; each 
to pay £5, Susannah and Sarah to pay the sum of £10 within 12 months 
after my decease, and my daughters Patience and Mary each £5 after 
they arrive to lawfull age. And further, my will is that my beloved wife 
Patience shall have a decent mourning suit and pay for the same out of 
miy moveable estate after she hath received her thirds thereof. And what 
remains of my moveable estate I give equally to my daughters, Susannah, 
Abigail, Patience and Mary. And the reason why I don't give any of the 
moveable estate to my daughter Sarah is because I have already given her 
in moveables £10-11. And I hereby constitute my son-in-law John Ben- 
ton and my friend Stephen Blake executors. 

Witness : Jahes Brooks, Samuel Eglestone, ls. 

Roberts Johnson, William Rockwell. 

Court Record, Page 55 — ist February, 1736-7: Will proven. 



Page 277. 

Gates, Capt. Thomas, Haddam East. Invt. £780-08-01. Taken 13 
May, 1734, by Isaac Spencer, Matthew Smith and Jabez Chapman. 

Court Record, Page 10 — 10 September, 1734: Adms. granted to 
Thomas Gates, son of the deed. Recog., £1500, with his brother Daniel 
Gates. 

See File: An agreement, dated at Haddam, 7 September, 1734, made 
by and between the surviving heirs for the dividing and full settlement 
of the estate of Capt. Thomas Gates, was by us the heirs, who acknowl- 
edge it to be our free act and deed, signed and sealed in presence of 



Hannah Gates, The Relict, ls. 
Thomas Gates, ls. 
Jeremiah Gates, ls. 
Bezaleel Brainard, ls. 
Witness : Samuel Olmsted, 
Dorothy Olmsted. 



David Gates, ls. 
Mary Brainard, 

only daughter, ls. 
Joshua Gates, ls. 



Page 9 — ID September, 1734: Agreement exhibited in Court and 
accepted. 



w- 



1732 TO 1737. PROBATE RECORDS. 159 

Page 372-392. 

Gilbert, Ebenezer, Farmington. Invt. £3824-12-08. Taken by Sam- 
uel Hooker, Samuel Cowles and Jonathan Lewis. Will dated 17 July, 
1726. 

I, Ebenezer Gilbert of Farmington, do make this my last will and 
testament: I give to my wife Esther Gilbert £300 and the use and im- 
provement of 1-2 of my eastermost dwelling house in Farmington. I 
give to my 3 sons, Moses, Ebenezer and Jonathan Gilbert, all my house 
and lands in Farmingtown, Hartford and Simsbury, all in sd. County, to 
be equally divided amongst them, excepting that my eldest son Moses 
shall have my sd. dwelling house in Farmingtown abovesd. and beyond 
his other brothers' parts. To my daughter Sarah I give and bequeath 
£200, reckoning what she hath had already as part thereof, to be paid to 
her within the space of 4 years after my decease. And if her children 
all die without issue, then her portion is to return to her surviving broth- 
er or brethren or their heirs after her decease. And my will is that the 
cloth I have now at the clothiers shall be for clothing for my sd. three 
sons, and not be inventoried as part of my estate. I appoint my wife 
and eldest son Moses Gilbert executors. 

Witness: William Burnham, Ebenezer Gilbert, ls, 

John Woodruff, Dinah Denting. 

Court Record, Page 50 — 3 August, 1736: Will exhibited in Court 
and proven. 

Page 113 (Probate Side, Vol. XIV) : Articles of agreement made 
and concluded by Moses Gilbert, Jonathan Gilbert and Ebenezer Gilbert, 
sons and heirs to the real estate of Mr. Ebenezer Gilbert, late of Kensing- 
ton, in Farmingtown, deed., made and concluded this 12th day of April, 
Anno. Dom. 1743, is as follows : To Moses Gilbert the dwelling house ; 
also 4 acres of land bought of Thomas Hancox and Stephen Post ; also 
the lott bought of Benjamin Judd south on land bought of Seymour ; and 
half that land I bought of Doctor Timothy Porter ; and 30 acres that I 
had of Benjamin Loomis ; and 9 acres that I had of Mr. Wyllys ; and 
half that house and land and barn that I had of Stephen Andrews ; and 
that land that I had of Thomas Rowley and John Steadman ; and the 1-2 
of the farm that my father bought of Daniel Clark (the east side of sd. 
farm); and also half of that land father bought of Richard Seymour. We 
are now to understand that the aforesd. Moses Gilbert doth firmly agree 
that his brother Jonathan Gilbert and any after him shall have a liberty 
oi i}i rods or 2 rods in breadth from the east side of his part in the farm 
to the west side of sd. land, beginning at the street and so running by the 
fence that runs near east and west on the south side of the orchard on 
which my dwelling house stands, and from that fence to run southwest or 
west in the most direct and convenient way to pass in to come to the sd. 
Jonathan Gilbert's land in sd. farm. And further, I, the sd. Jonathan 
Gilbert, do hereby firmly agree that the sd. Moses Gilbert shall have the 



l6o PROBATE RECORDS. VOL. XII, 

same quantity of land that the sd. way takes up, out of my part in sd. 
farm, and be added adjoining to his, running north and south the whole; 
length of the farm. And further, I, the sd. Jonathan Gilbert, do here- 
by promise to make all the fence on the south side that shall be oc- 
casioned in fencing off the sd. passway from the rest of the farm forever. 
Now the term of time that the whole of this agreement hath reference to, 
is to be understood is forever. As witness our hands, 9th day of April, 
1737. Moses Gilbert, 

Jonathan Gilbert, Ebenezer Gilbert. 

And to Jonathan Gilbert 1-2 of the farm that was Daniel Clark's, 
the west side of sd. farm ; also jYt. acres on the east side of the highway, 
with the barn on the sd. lott ; and that 50 acres, be it more or less, that I 
bought of Edward Allyn ; and half of that land that I bought of Doctor 
Timothy Porter ; and half that house and barn and land that I bought of 
Stephen Andros (Andrews). 

Ebenezer Gilbert, 
Moses Gilbert. 

To Ebenezer Gilbert the house and land that I had of Mr. Wyllys, 
and my division of land over the Great River, and also the land that 1 
bought of Cyprian Watson. 

MosES Gilbert, 
Jonathan Gilbert. 

And further, there is one certain piece or tract of land in sd. Farm- 
ingtown bounds, butted and bounded south on land of Gershom HoUister, 
west on a highway, north and east on Col. John Chester's land, within 
which boundaries is contained about 35^ acres, which sd. piece of land 
shall remain to each of us as tenants in common. To which agreement 
we the sd. heirs have hereunto set our hands and seals, and acknowledge 
the same before the Court of Probate in Hartford on the 3rd day of 
April, 1743. 

Moses Gilbert, ls. 
Jonathan Gilbert, Ebenezer Gilbert. 

4 April, 1741 : Then received of Moses, Jonathan and Ebenezer Gil- 
bert, in notes to the value of £109-10-00, payable to me, which is in full 
for the remaining part of the legacy due to my children by virtue of ye 
will of Mr. Ebenezer Gilbert deed. I say received by me. 

Witness: Esther X Gilbert, Gershom Hollister. 

Elisabeth X Gilbert. 



Gilbert, Allin, Middletown. Court Record, Page 2 — ist April, 
1735 : Nathaniel Gilbert to be guardian to his sons, Allin Gilbert, age 17 
years, and Nathaniel Gilbert, age 11 years. 



1732 TO 1737. PROBATE RECORDS. I61 

Gillett, William, Simsbury (an idiot). Court Record, Page 54 — 
1st February, 1736-7: Adms. to Samuel Pettebone, Jr. Recog., £100, 
with John Edwards of Hartford. 



Page 260-1. 

GofF, David, Wethersfield (Stepney Parish). Invt. £333-04-08. 
Taken 2 August, 1734, by John Dyxx, Ephraim Williams and Jonathan 
Belding. Will dated 5 March, 1734. 

I, David Goff of Stepney Parish, do make my last will and testa- 
ment: I give to Lydia, my wife, whome I constitute, with Daniel An- 
drews, of Wethersfield, executors. That is to say, I give to my wife the 
use of my whole estate till my children come to lawfull age, and £50 
money then to her out of my estate to be paid. Next, I give to my be- 
loved son Moses iio more than to my other son, which first being done, 
I will that all my estate and lands be equally divided between him and my 
son Elijah, excepting my daughter Jerusha, which I will that she shall 
have 2-3 as much as my son Moses. 

Witness : Benjamin Wright, David Goff, ls. 

Jonathan Renals, Ephraim Goif. 

Court Record, Page 11 — ist September, 1734: Will proven. 

Page 35 (Vol. XV) 14 March, 1746-7: Elijah Gofif, a minor, 17 
years of age, son of David Gofif, chose his father Noadiah Taylor ot 
Wethersfield to be his guardian. Recog., £300. 

Page 118 — 1st March, 1749-50: Moses Goff of Wethersfield now 
moves to this Court that distribution be made of the estate of David Goff, 
his father, according to his last will: Whereupon this Court appoint 
Jonathan Belding, Ephraim Williams and John Warner, of Wethersfield, 
distributors. And also direct them to set out to Lydia Goff, alias Taylor, 
relict, 1-3 part of the real estate for her improvement during life. 



Will on Page 295-7. Inventory on Page 385. 

Grant, Matthew, Windsor. Invt. £1641-12-10. Taken 20 March, 
1734-5, by Joseph Phelps, Joseph Loomis and Timothy Loomis ; and 26 
November, 1736, by Joseph Loomis and Timothy Loomis (page 385). 
Will dated 5 May, 1732. 

I, Matthew Grant of Windsor, do make this my last will and testa- 
ment: I give to my wife Hannah, during the term of her natural life, 2II 
that land which was formerly Deacon Samuel Baker's, from the high- 
way on the east to the river on the west, with the buildings and fences 
thereon standing ; and also, on the east side of the way, a parcel of land 
that was Samuel Baker's, bounding north at the north side of the land I 
have that was sd. Baker's, south on my own land by a line drawn ac- 



l62 PROBATE RECORDS, VOL. XII, 

cording to the south bounds of my lott, sd. line to run from the highway 
eastward through the barn at the south side of the barn floor, and so 
further eastward till it extends 40 rods from the street, at which distance 
of 40 rods east of the highway this parcel of land now given to my wife 
is to terminate ; this parcel of land I give her during her natural life, and 
that part of the barn standing on the same. I also give her £150 out of 
my personal estate forever, to take it at inventory price in such things 
as she shall choose. I give to my son Daniel Grant i parcell of land 
where I dwell, east on the highway, north on land of Thomas Sadd, south 
on the land of Samuel Grant, and west on the drain, with the fences and 
buildings thereon standing. Also, one parcell of meadow land, being 17 
rods and 1-2 in breadth north and south, as the same is bounded east 
by the drain, north on Daniel's own land, west on the river, and south on 
my own land. Also, i piece of land on the east side of the highway, 
bounded west on the highway, partly on the land of John Mackenstry, 
east on my own land by a line drawn from John Mackenstry 's southeast 
corner across my lott, and south on the land of Daniel Grant. This I 
give my son Daniel Grant, with the barn thereon standing. Also, an- 
other parcell of land on the east side of the way, to be 22 rods and 1-2 in 
width north and south, bounding north on land of Thomas Sadd, east on 
land of John Rockwell, south on my own land, and west on John Mac- 
kenstry's. All the above parcells of land I give to my son Daniel and his 
heirs forever, saving only to his mother her right in it given in this will, 
and upon condition that he execute a deed for the ample passing over in 
the law to my son William and his heirs forever that parcell of land 
where he the sd. Daniel now liveth, with the buildings thereon standing, 
within the bounds following, that is to say, west on the street, north on 
my own land, south on the land of Samuel Grant, and east on Dracke's 
Brook, and on the east side of Dracke's Brook the south half of his sd. 
lott on the south side, from the sd. Dracke's Brook on the west to the 
Town Commons on the east, however his sd. lott may be otherwise 
bounded. I give to my son William Grant i parcell of meadow land 6 
rods in breadth, as the same is bounded, east on the drain, north on land 
of Samuel Grant, west on the river and south on the land of Grace Grant. 
Also another parcell of meadow land, being 14 rods in breadth. I also 
give to my son William one parcell of land on the east side of the high- 
way, being 10 rods in breadth, south on Daniel Grant, east on John Rock- 
well, west on my own land. I also give to my son William 2-3 parts of 
my right, interest and share in the large tract of land pattened (patented) 
to sundry proprietors in Hartford and Windsor, called the western lands. 
These parcells of land I give to my son William and his heirs forever, 
saving his mother's right. I give to my daughter Hannah Sadd one par- 
cell of land westward of the highway westward of Thomas Sadd's land, 
and also 1-3 part of my right or share in the western land, and all my 
right or share in the "equivalent land." These parcells of land I give 
to my daughter Hannah Sadd and her heirs forever. I further give her 
£300 out of my personal estate with what she hath already had (reckon- 



1732 TO 1737. PROBATE RECORDS. , 163 

ing the land at ii35 at inventory price). I give to my daughter Mary 
Grant all the land I bought of Ebenezer Bliss, to her and her heirs for- 
ever, and iioo out of my personal estate at inventory price. I give to 
my daughter Rachel and to my daughter Sarah the lands I bought of 
Capt. Job Elsworth, with the buildings, and all the land I bought of 
Jonathan Elsworth, to them and their heirs forever, to be equally divided 
between them. And further, I give them, the sd, Rachel and Sarah, £300 
each out of my personal estate, at inventory price, with what they have 
had, reckoning their land at ii35 each. 

Witness : Samuel Grant, Matthew Grant, ls. 

Ebenezer Grant, Timothy Grant. 

Court Record, Page 24 — ist April, 1735 : Will exhibited by Hannah 
Grant, widow, and Daniel Grant, executors. 



Page 273. 

Grimes, Joseph, Stepney. Invt. £943-00-06. Taken 21 November, 
1734, by Benjamin Wright, David Boardman and David Goodrich. Will 
dated 19 April, 1733. 

I, Joseph Grimes of Stepney, in Wethersfield, do make and ordain 
this my last will and testament: I give to my son Henry Grimes 1-2 of 
my lott at Copse Hill, the whole lott containing 30 acres more or less, 
and is butted as followes : On the highway north, and east, south and 
west on the land of Richard Robbins and on land formerly Noah Wad- 
dams's, now David Stoddard's (south end of sd. lott) ; as also 1-2 of my 
lott bounded as follows : West on Beaver Brook, north on land of the 
Widow Edwards, south on land of Samuel Dix, and east on land of 
Ebenezer Belding, the whole lott containing three acres more or less 
(the north side of the sd. lott) ; these to him and his male heirs forever. 
I give to my son Josiah Grimes my homelott with all the buildings on it, 
bounded west on a highway and east on a highway, south on the land 
of the heirs of Aaron Goff, north on land of Capt. Joshua Robbins and 
on lands of Theophilus Sherman's. Also, I give to my son Josiah (one- 
half) of my lott at Drye Swamp, which lott is bounded east on a high 
(way), north on land of Joseph Cowles, west on land of John Reinolds 
and on land of Widow Edwards, south on land of Ebenezer Belding, the 
south side of sd. lott; and also another piece of land containing about 4 
acres more or less, bounded as followeth : south on lands of the heirs of 
Zachariah Seymour and east on a ditch, north on his own land and west 
on a highway ; these to him and his male heirs forever. I give to my son 
Hezekiah Grimes, besides what I have already given him by deed of gift, 
and besides what money I have paid out for him, which amounts to near 
£50, I give him (stil) my son Hezekiah the other half of my lott in Dry 
Swamp described as above to Josiah. I give to my son Christopher 
Grimes the other half of my lott at Copse Hill described as above to 



164 PROBATE RECORDS. VOL. XII, 

Henry, the north end of sd. lott; and also the other half of my lott at 
Beaver Brook bounded as above mentioned (to Henry), the south side of 
sd. lott ; these pieces of land to him and his male heirs forever. I give to 
my daughter Mary, besides what she hath already received, the sum of 
£40 in good lawful money. I give to my daughter Deborah, besides what 
she hath already received, 20 shillings in money. The remainder of my 
moveable estate I order should be equally divided between my two sons, 
Henry and Josiah Grimes, whom I constitute and appoint executors. 

Witness : Daniel Russell, Joseph Grimes, ls. 

Joshua Robbins ye 3d, Jonathan Riley. 

Court Record, Page 14 — 3 December, 1734: Will exhibited by the 
executors. 



Hale, Daniel. Court Record, Page 47 — 17 June, 1736: Daniel Hale, 
18 years of age, son of John Hale of Glastonbury, chose Ensign John 
Gains of Middletown to be his guardian. 



Page 302. 

Ham, James, Hartford. Will dated 13 December, 1734: I, James 
Ham of Hartford, doe make this my last will and testament: I give, 
devise and bequeath to my beloved sister Mary Ham, now living at 
Hartford, all my estate, both real and personal. I doe hereby ordain and 
appoint the sd. Mary Ham to be my executrix. 

Witness : William Keith, James Ham, ls. 

William Tiley, Joseph Gilbert, Jr. 

Court Record, Page 26 — 25 April, 1735 : Will proven. 



Page 335. 

Harris, Daniel, Middletown. Invt. £1008-04-00. Taken 20 No- 
vember, 173s, by Abijah Moore, Jonathan Allin and William Rockwell. 

Will dated 22 March, 1734-5 : I, Daniel Harris, being advanced in 
age to fourscore years, do make this my last will and testament, in man- 
ner and form following : I give to my wife Elizabeth my silver spoon, 
Bible, bellows, and whatsoever goods or household stuff she brought to 
my house when I marryed her, my best bed with furniture, and £20. I 
give to the First Church of Christ in Middletown my silver cup (in- 
ventoried at ii8). I have already given my two sons, Daniel and Joseph, 
their full portions by deeds of gift. I give to the children of my daughter 
Abigail Cornell deceased, viz., to Abigail Miller, the wife of Amos Miller, 
my brass kettle; to Elizabeth Cornell, my silver salt cellar; to Joseph, 



1732 TO 1737. PROBATE RECORDS. 165 

Daniel and Nathaniel, to each, two acres of my boggy meadow. I give 
to my son-in-law Ezekiel Gilbert two acres of my boggy meadow. And 
to my grandson Jonathan Gilbert I give four acres of the western part 
of my home lot. I give to my son Daniel Harris my cloak, and to my 
grandson Daniel Harris I give the remainder of my home lot and the 
buildings thereto belonging. I give to my sons-in-law, Joseph Cornell 
and William Ward, all my rights of land on the east side of the Great 
River, divided or undivided, especially my Wongunk swamp. I give to 
my grandsons, the sons of my daughter Mary Ward, all my husbandry 
utensils. I give to my wife the use of all my improveable estate so long 
as she continues my widow, except the silver cup, brass kettle and silver 
salt cellar before mentioned. I give to my daughters, Mary Ward and 
Patience Gilbert, all my household stuff and stock that shall remain after 
my wife's decease or marriage. I give to my grandsons, Jonathan Gil- 
bert, Daniel Harris and Moses Harris, all my right in the commons or 
undivided land, to be equally divided. I give my gun to my grandson 
Joseph Harris. I give my gold ring to my granddaughter Abigail 
Harris, the daughter of my son Joseph Harris deceased. 
I ordain my wife Elizabeth to be sole executrix. 

Witness : Nathaniel Starr, Daniel Harris, ls. 

James Ward, William Rockwell. 

Court Record, Page 336 — 13 November, 1735 : Will proven. 



Page 382. 

Haxt, Matthew, Kensington. Invt: realty, £1406-00-00. Taken 29 
November, 1736, by Anthony Judd and Samuel Lanckton. 

Court Record, Page 53 — 8 December, 1736: Adms. to Sarah Hart, 
widow, and Nathaniel Hart, of Farmington. 

Page 20 (Vol. XHI) 3 January, 1737-8: Nathaniel Hart, Adms., 
exhibited an account of his Adms., which is accepted. 

Page 24 (Vol. XVH) 25 April, 1754: Oliver Hart, aged 20 years, 
and Matthew Hart, about 17 years of age, children of Matthew Hart, 
late of Farmington deceased, chose their uncle John Hooker to be their 
guardian. Recog., £300. 



Page 252-3-4. 



Holmes, Capt. John, Haddam East. Invt. £1279-17-00. Taken 17 
June, 1734, by Isaac Spencer, John Church and Jabez Chapman. Will 
dated at Hartford, 7 November, 1733. 

I, John Holmes of Haddam, do make this my last will and testa- 
ment: I give to Mary, my wife, the use of my house and barn, and also 
the use and improvement of 1-3 part of all my real estate during her 



l66 PROBATE RECORDS. VOL. XII, 

widowhood, and 1-3 part of my moveable estate forever. I give to my 
eldest son Thomas so much more of my lands and right in commons, with 
that lott which I have already given him by deed, which I value at iioo, 
as to make him equal with either of his three brothers, and whom I make 
my executor. I give to my son John so much more of my lands and right 
in commons, with the land which I have already given him, as to make 
him equal with all the rest of his brothers. The land which I have here- 
tofore given him, together with that right which I bought of Mr. Skin- 
ner, is to be considered at £100 money, whom also I make my executor. 
I give unto Christopher and Eliphalet, my two youngest sons, iioo apiece 
as money out of my lands more than Thomas or John, under the con- 
sideration of my having given them as is above mentioned. And my will 
is that my interest in the New London Society be equally divided be- 
tween my four sons, namely, Thomas, John, Christopher and Eliphalet, 
and the land also which lies in security for the same. I give to my daugh- 
ter Leucrese £30 as money besides what I gave her at her marriage. I 
give to my other four daughters, Mary, Grace, Sarah and Abigail, all 
the remainder of my moveable estate to be equally divided between them, 
and what that wants of makeing them £70 as money apiece, my will is 
that their four brothers make it up and pay them as they come of age. 
Or if any or either of my daughters should remain single after the ex- 
piration of their mother's widowhood, my will is that they have the use 
of 1-2 of my house during their single life, and after that my will is that 
my house and barn return to my son Christopher. 

Witness : Moses Nash, John Holmes, ls. 

Henry Brace, Ehenezer Sedgwick. 

Court Record, Page 7 — 2 July, 1734: Will now exhibited by Thomas 
and John Holmes, executors. Proven. Mary Holmes, widow, relict, to 
be guardian to three of the children of the deceased, viz., Eliphalet, age 12 
years, Sarah 8 years, and Abigail 5 years. Recog., £150. 

Dist. File: 23 October, 1734: Estate Capt. John Holmes, East Had- 
dam : The lands to sons Thomas, John, Christopher and Eliphalet Holmes. 
The moveable estate to the widow Mary Holmes ; to Lucretia Willey, 
wife of Joseph Willey ; to Mary, to Grace, to Sarah, and to Abigail 
Holmes. By Matthew Smith and Jabez Chapman. 



Page 241. 

Hoskins, John, Sen., Windsor. Invt. £248-16-06. Taken 8 March, 
1733-4, by Jonathan Stiles and Samuel Stoughton. Will dated 21 March, 
1722. 

I, John Hoskins, Sen., of Windsor (yeoman), being of perfect 
health and memory, do make this my last will and testament : I give my 
wife Ruth Hoskins 1-3 of my house and homelott, 1-3 of my meadow 
land and barn on the east side of the highway, all this to in joy during 



1732 TO 1737. PROBATE RECORDS. 1 67 

her natural life and then to return to my two sons John and Jonathan, I 
have given unto my son Thomas already a house and homestead, w^ith all 
my lands in Pine Meadow, to him and his heirs forever, and also at my 
death 5 shillings. I give unto my other two sons (viz.), John and Jon- 
athan, all my other land in Windsor, namely, those lands mentioned in a 
deed of trust bearing date 7 April, 1718, with that house and homelott 
which I bought of my son Thomas Hoskins. I give unto my daughter 
Elizabeth 5 shillings; I have given her £31 already. I give unto my 
daughter Susannah a feather bed and with it the furniture that she now 
has, and my will further is that by reason of the weakness of her body 
and mind I ordain my three sons, Thomas, John and Jonathan, to main- 
tain her during her natural life with decent apparrel, necessary food and 
physick, and that at an equal proportion between my three sons, and also 
a Christian burial at death. I give unto my other daughters (viz.), Mary, 
Abigail and Margaret, £20 to each of them, and each of these legacies to 
be paid by my two sons John and Jonathan. I give unto my wife Ruth 
Hoskins all the rest of my estate that I have not yet disposed of, and 
that for her to in joy during her natural life, and then to dispose of it as 
she sees cause amongst her children that she hath by me. I make my 
wife Ruth Hoskins sole executrix. 

Witness : John Hill, John X Hoskins, ls. 

Andrew Robe, Mary Gaylord. 

Court Record, Page 2 — ist April, 1734: Will proven. 

Page I (Probate Side, Vol. XIV) : Articles of agreement made the 
1 2th day of August, Anno. Dom. 1742, between John Hoskins 2nd, Jon- 
athan Hoskins, David Pinney and his wife Abigail, all of Windsor, in 
Hartford County, and Henry Veats of Simsbury and his wife Margaret. 
They and each of them have mutually agreed, being the heirs of the 
estate of John and Ruth Hoskins, late of Windsor deed., as followeth : 
First, the sd. John Hoskins and Jonathan Hoskins shall pay unto the 
sd. Daniel Pinney and his wife Abigail the sum of i8o out of the estate 
of John Hoskins and his wife Ruth, late of Windsor deed. Second, that 
the sd. John Hoskins and Jonathan Hoskins shall pay unto ye Henry 
Veats and his wife Margaret the sum of £50 out of ye estate aforesd. 
Thirdly, that the sd. Daniel Pinney and his wife Abigail, Henry Veats 
and his wife Margaret shall give a good and well executed quitclaim 
deed of 20 acres of land lying in Windsor, butted and bounded at large 
as may appear by one certain writing or ffeoffe of trust upon record, 
unto ye sd. John Hoskins and Jonathan Hoskins, to them, their heirs and 
assigns forever, with all the rest of the moveable estate which belonged 
unto the sd. John Hoskins and Ruth Hoskins at their decease. In wit- 
ness whereof we have hereunto set our hands and seals this 12th day of 
August, A. D. 1742. 



John X Hoskins, 2nd, ls. 
Daniel X Pinney, ls. 
Henry Veats, ls. 



Jonathan X Hoskins, ls. 
Abigail X Pinney, ls. 
Margaret X Veats, ls. 



l68 PROBATE RECORDS. VOL. XII, 

At a Court of Probates held at Hartford, 13 August, 1742: Then 
the several signers and sealers to this instrument personally in Court 
acknowledged their hand and seals, and the foregoing agreement to be 
their free act and deed. 

Test: Joseph Talcott, Clerk. 

Court Record, Page 2 — 13 August, 1742 : This agreement was ac- 
cepted in Court and ordered to be recorded and kept on file. 



Page 290-1. 

Hoskins, Mary, Windsor. Invt. £133-07-11. Taken 25 February, 
i734-5» by John Cook, Jr., Ebenezer Phelps and Timothy Loomis. Will 
dated 14 July, 17 16. 

I, Mary Hoskins of Windsor, do make this my last will and testa- 
ment: I give to my eldest son John Wilson my great Bible. I give to 
my son Samuel Wilson my best bed and bedstead, feather boalster and 
pillow, curtains and vallients, bed roap, my best kersey blankett and best 
coverlid, with i paire of sheets, and one of my best swine, and a gunn, 
and a paire of weaver's looms and so much of the tackling proper to sd. 
looms as did belong unto me. I give to my daughter Mary Filley the 
use of a cow during her natural life, then to be divided among her chil- 
dren. I give to my grandson Job, who has lived with me, $5 in money, 
to be paid to him at the age of 21 years ; but in case he die before he 
arrive thereunto, then sd. £5 shall be equally divided among my five chil- 
dren, John, Samuel, Elizabeth, Mary and Abigail, or their legal repre- 
sentatives. My will is that my son Samuel Wilson shall have my house 
and homested in Windsor which formerly was Nicholas Sention's, to be 
and remain to him and his heirs forever. But it is to be understood I 
give to son Samuel clearly but 1-5 part of the sd. houseing and land, 
and therefore he shall pay what I am behind of the purchase money for 
sd. houseing and land, which I suppose is about £10, which being taken 
out of the inventory price, sd. Samuel shall pay 1-5 part of the remainder 
to his brother John Wilson, 1-5 to his sister Elizabeth Wilcoks, 1-5 to 
his sister Mary Filley, and 1-5 part to his sister Abigail Alford. all to be 
paid within 18 months after my decease. And further, my will is that if 
my son Samuel do at any time make sale of sd. houseing and lands, his 
brother John Wilson shall have it, paying therefore as much as another 
would give. My will is that the rest of my estate, both real and person- 
al, be equally divided amongst my five children above named. I con- 
stitute my two sons, John and Samuel Wilson, executors. 

Witness : William Phelps, Mary X Hoskins, ls. 

Matthew Allyn. 

Court Record, Page 22 — 4 March, 1734-5 : Will proven. 



1732 TO 1737. PROBATE RECORDS. 1 69 

Will and Invt. in Vol. XIII, Page 24-5. 

Humphrey, Lt. Samuel, Simsbury. Died 15 June, 1736. Invt. 
£228-08-02 . Taken by Joseph Cornish, Benajah Humphrey and Samuel 
Pettibone. Will dated 22 July, 1734. 

I, Samuel Humphrey, of the Town of Simsbury, in the County of 
Hartford, do make this my last will and testament: I do give unto my 
daughter Mary £39-06-08. I give unto my daughter Elizabeth £33-06-08. 
I give unto my daughter Abigail £24-06-08. And my will is that my 
three daughters shall have their portions paid unto them out of my move- 
able estate, and that the goods which I have delivered to them since the 
decease of my wife Mary (as shall appear by the account thereof that I 
have kept) shall be accounted to them as part of their portion. And in 
case my moveable estate, with the goods above mentioned, be not sufificient 
to pay unto them their portions, then my sd. daughters to have the re- 
maining part of their portion set out to them in my land in that tract 
commonly called the Ash Swamp, unless my sons hereafter named shall 
pay unto them the remaining part of their portions. And in case my sons 
shall pay unto my sd. daughters the remaining part of their portions, then 
the sd. tract of land to be divided amongst my sons. I give unto my four 
sons, to Samuel, Jonathan, Charles and Noah, all the right that I have in 
ye common and undivided lands lying in sd. Simsbury, and also in 
Windsor, to be equally divided amongst them. Also, I do give unto my 
forenamed four sons that tract of land before mentioned called the Ash 
Swamp, upon condition that they will pay unto my three daughters so 
much money as shall be sufificient to make up to them what shall be want- 
ing in my moveable estate to make up to them their portions. I give 
unto my son Noah that tract of land of mine lying on the side of the hill 
eastward from the house, bounding westerly part on his house lott, part 
on my son Samuel's land, part on land of Hannah Cornish, and part on 
land of Abraham Sidervelt, northerly on my son Samuel's land, eastward 
on land of Joseph Phelps, and south on the highway. I do give unto my 
granddaughter Sarah Case £19, to be paid unto her out of my moveable 
estate. I appoint John Humphrey of Simsbury and my son Jonathan 
Humphrey and my daughter Mary Case to be executors. 

Witness: John Mills, Samuel Humphrey, ls. 

Benjamin Mills, Michael Humphrey. 

Court Record, Page 48 — 30 June, 1736: Will proven. 



Page 380-1. 

Hubbard, William, Kensington. Invt. £z^49-i3-io. Taken by 
Samuel Peck and Caleb Galpin. Will dated 31 August, 1736. 

I, William Hubbard of Kensington, in the County of Hartford, do 
make this my last will and testament : I give to my wife, Sarah Hubbard, 



170 PROBATE RECORDS. VOL. XII, 

1-3 part of my moveable estate forever, and the use of 1-3 of my lands 
during her naturall life, and so much of my moveable estate as shall 
amount to £30 for the bringing up of my children, and the use of one 
room in my house during her widowhood. To my son William Hubbard 
I give 8 acres of land on which my buildings stand and that my father 
gave me by deed of gift, with the buildings, the house and barn. I like- 
wise give to him i yoke of oxen, 2 young creatures and i heifer, each 
coming two years old. I likewise give to him my gunn. To my two 
daughters, Sarah and Ruth, I give one certain parcell of land containing 
7 acres, bounded on land of my own east, and north on land of Daniel 
(Blake) ? Blague, to be equally divided between them. And the rest -of 
my moveables that is not given to my wife and son I give to my daugh- 
ters, to be divided equally between them. I do hereby appoint my be- 
loved wife sole executrix. 

Witness : Caleb Galpin, William Hubbard, ls. 

Zehulon Peck, Richard Hubbard. 

Court Record, Page 51 — 5 October, 1736: Will proven. Mrs. Sarah 
Hubbard to be guardian to Sarah Hubbard, age 7 years, William Hub- 
bard, age 3 years, and Ruth Hubbard, age 9 months, children of William 
Hubbard deed. Recog., ^150. 

Page 54 (Vol. XV) 5 January, 1747-8:" William Hubbard, a minor, 
14 years of age, son of William Hubbard, late of Farmington deceased, 
chose his father-in-law Samuel Andruss to be his guardian. Recog., 
£300. 



Page 332. 

Hungerford, Green, East Haddam. Invt. £1549-10-06. Taken 27 
August, 1735, by Samuel Andrews, Henry Champlin and Noadiah Brain- 
ard. Will dated 29 April, 1735. 

I, Green Hungerford of East Haddam, do make this my last will 
and testament: I give to my wife Jemima the use of all my moveable 
estate, and 1-3 part of my house and barn and orchard, and all my im- 
proved lands, during her widowhood. And if my wife, after my decease, 
shall see cause to marry, my will is that she shall have and enjoy as her 
own proper estate all the estate that I have received by her that did acrue 
to her by her parents. And my will is that my wife shall doe her en- 
deavour to bring up my children with the use of my moveable estate, until 
they shall come to lawfull age. 2ndly, I give to my three sons, viz., 
Green, Lemuell and Stephen Hungerford, all the farm or lot of land on 
which I now dwell, to be equally divided between them in quantity and 
quality, excepting only that I give to my eldest son Green Hungerford 
10 acres, to be first taken off from sd. farm on that side that joyns to 
Benjamin Graves his land. 3rdly, I give to my son Nathaniel Hunger- 
ford one lot of land adjoining to the land of Allin Willey and the land of 
Mr. Alexander Steward, containing 40 acres be it more or less, and one 
lott of land neare the northwest corner of the lott on which I now dwell. 



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1732 TO 1737. PROBATE RECORDS. I7I 

adjoining to the land of ffohn Sharrard ; also another lot of land partly 
adjoyning to the land of Jabez Chapman, not far from a pine swamp. 
Furthermore, I give to my four above sd. sons, viz.. Green, Lemuell, 
Stephen and Nathaniel, all my rights in all the undivided land in East 
Haddam, to be equally divided amongst them ; all which lands and rights 
I give to my four sons and their male heirs. I give to my five daughters, 
viz., Jemima, Mary, Rachell, Esther and Elizabeth Hungerford, £40 to 
each of them, to be paid to them severally as they come of age or are 
married, that is to say, to Jemima £40 with what she hath already re- 
ceived. I hereby authorize and appoint my wife sole executrix. 

Witness : Stephen Cone, Green Hungerford, ls. 

Jabes Chapman, Noadiah Brainard. 

Court Record, Page 32 — 7 October, 1735 : Will and invt. exhibited 
by Jemima Hungerford, widow and executrix. Will proven. 

Page 90 (Vol. Xni) 2 June, 1741 : This Court appoint Green 
Hungerford to be guardian unto Elizabeth Hungerford, a minor, age ii 
years, Lemuel and Nathaniel, each 8 years, children of Green Hunger- 
ford deceased. Recog., £500. 



Page 330. 

Hurlbut, Stephen, Farmington. Invt. £141-19-06. Taken ist 
September, 1735, by Daniel Hall and William Whitmore of Middletown. 

Court Record, Page 30 — i July, 1735 : Adms. to Hannah Hurlbut, 
widow. Recog., £300, with Daniel Hall of Middletown. 

Page 32 — Moveables set out to the widow. 

Page 34 — 7 October, 1735 : An account of debts due from the estate, 
£57-01-06, was exhibited. 

Page 40 — 9 February, 1735-6: Adms. may sell land in value £47- 
00-00. This Court directs Capt. Hall to set up an advertisement on the 
door of the dwelling house of Jonathan Yeomans, tavern keeper at a 
place called Maromas in Middletown, and on the sign post at the lower 
housing in Middletown, signifying there is to be sold so much of the lot 
of land at sd. Romas, belonging to the estate of the sd. deceased, lying 
neare to Nathan Sayers, as would produce the sum of £47, etc. 

Page 59 (Vol. XIV) 24 May, 1745: Jonathan Hurlbutt, a minor, 
age 17 years, son of Stephen Hurlbutt deceased, chose his uncle Daniel 
Hall of Middletown to be his guardian. Recog., £500. 



Page 325. 

Jones, Samuel, Hebron. Invt. £2860-00-00 in real estate, £344-06- 
08 in personal estate. This includes goods from New London Society 
per John Curtis. 

Received by me, Rachel Kneeland, alias Jones, Adms., £24-00-00. 

Signed : Rachel Kneeland. 



172 PROBATE RECORDS. VOL. XII, 

Invt. taken 7 November, 1735, by Hez: Gaylord, Nathaniel Phelps 
and Joseph Kellogg. 

Court Record, Page 36 — 13 November, 1735: Adms. to Rachel 
Jones, widow. Recog., £500, with her father Ebenezer Dibble of Col- 
chester. The widow prays that necessaries be set out for her use, which 
this Court allow to the value of £49-01-11. 

Page 44 — 13 April, 1736: Account exhibited and accepted. 

Page 5 (Vol. XIII) 1st April, 1737: Rachel Jones, Adms., recog. 
with Nathaniel Dunham of Hebron. Per act of the General Assembly, 
this Court directs Rachel Jones to sell land to the value of £400. 

Page 2.2 — 14 February, 1737-8: This Court, on the ist day of April, 
directed the widow, Rachel Jones, to sell lands with Joseph Phelps at 
inventory price, and having sold to the value of i200, they could not sell 
more at invt. price, and was directed to sell at vandue to the highest 
bidder. 

Page 28 — 2 May, 1738: This Court appoint Rachel Jones to be 
guardian to four of the children of Samuel Jones, viz., to Mary, age 12 
years, Ezekiel 7, Joel 5, and Samuel 3 years. Recog., £400. 

Page 29 — 2 May, 1738: Report of the sale of land by Rachel Jones, 
20 April, 1738, at vandue: 100 acres, butting on Chapwell's land, sold 
to Nathaniel Man at £223-10-00; 8 acres to Abraham Blanchard, £16- 
00-00; and 100 acres to Samuel Fyler for i 100-00-00. Account ac- 
cepted by the Court. 

Page 90 (Vol. XVI) 6 March, 1753: Rachel Jones, alias Man, 
Adms., showing to this Court that she hath fully made up her account 
of Adms., now moves that distribution may be made : Whereupon this 
Court appoint and impower Alexander Phelps, Deacon Joseph Kellogg 
of Hebron and Daniel Addams of Colchester to distribute the estate, viz. : 
To the sd. Rachel, relict, 1-3 part of the personal estate ; to Ezekiel, the 
eldest son, a double share ; and to Joel and Samuel Jones, younger sons, 
an equal single share of sd. estate ; and make return thereof to this Court. 



Page 334. 

Jojmer, William, East Haddam. Died 29 November, 1734. Invt. 
taken 26 December, 1734, by Samuel Emmons, Jr., James Cone and 
Joseph Fuller. 

Court Record, Page 2}^ — 7 October, 1735 : Adms. granted to Eliz- 
abeth Joyner, widow, who gave bonds with Joseph Fuller of £200. 

Page 14 (Vol. XIII) 6 September, 1737: Elizabeth Joyner, Adms., 
exhibited an account of her Adms., by which account it appears she has 
paid in debts and charges the sum of £5-10-04. Accepted and ordered on 
file. 



1732 TO 1737. PROBATE RECORDS. I73 

Page 93 — ist July, 1741 : William, Robert and Elizabeth Joyner, 
being more than 14 years of age, children of William and Elizabeth 
Joyner deed., chose Samuel Fuller, Jr., of Colchester, to be their guar- 
dian. Recog., £100. Cert: John Bulkeley, Jr., J. P. 



Page 255. 

Judd, Ebenezer, Hartford. Invt. £605-06-04. Taken 26 June, 
1734, by Isaac Merrells and Timothy Seymoure. 

Court Record, Page 7 — 2 July, 1734: Adms. to Hannah Judd, 
widow. Recog., £500, with Thomas Judd of Farmington. 

Page 25 — 22 April, 1735 : Hannah Judd, widow, informs this Court 
that the moveable estate is not sufficient to pay the debts, and prays that 
necessaries be set out to her. 

Page 50 — 7 September, 1736: Hannah Judd, Adms., exhibited an 
account of her Adms. Accepted. 

Page 2 (Vol. Xni) 1st and 4th March, 1736-7: Thomas Judd and 
Joseph Judd, being notified, appeared before this Court by their at- 
torney, Daniel Judd, to object to the account of Adms. of Hannah Judd 
on the estate of Ebenezer Judd deed. Hannah Judd had charged 7 
shillings and 6 pence per week for the maintenance of her children. 
The Court allows but io-04-06 per week (102 weeks in the whole). Ac- 
count allowed. Lt. Isaac Merrells, Timothy Seymour and Lieut. John 
Newell were appointed to set out the widow's dower from the estate of 
Ebenezer Judd deed. 

Page II — 13 June, 1737: The Adms., Hannah Judd and Deacon 
Thomas Richards, may sell land, £48-08-08, per act of the General As- 
sembly of 14 October, 1736. 

Page 13 — 2 August, 1737: A return of the sale of the land of Eben- 
ezer Judd which was ordered to be sold by the General Assembly to 
answer the debts due from sd. estate, was now exhibited in Court by 
Hannah Judd and Deacon Thomas Richards, appointed to sell sd. land, 
and the contents of the land sold : 

First, we set up 2-3 of the four-acre lott in Farmingtown : 

£ s d 
Sold to Timothy Merrells for 6-19-06 

Secondly: 6 acres at Three-Mile Hill in Farmingtown: 
Sold to Samuel North for 25-15-00 

Thirdly: 57/4 acres in the third division in Farmington: 
Sold to Joshua How of Wallingford, 33 acres 20 rods at 12 

shilHngs 6 pence per acre, for 20-12-10 

Total, £53-08-12 



174 PROBATE RECORDS. VOL. XII^ 

We, the subscribers, being at the dwelling house of Mr. Timothy 
Seymour in Hartford, 19th of July, 1737, at 2 of the clock afternoon, we 
then saw the above pieces of land sold at the beat of the drum. 

Test: Thomas Richards, 
David Ensign. 

And also an accott. of the charge of the sale of sd. land, £5-16-10, 
which return is accepted by the Court. 



Judd, Jonathan. Court Record, Page 31 — 5 August, 1735: An ac- 
count of Adms. on the estate of Jonathan Judd of Middletown deed, 
was now exhibited in Court by Hannah Judd, Adms., whereby it appears 
she had paid in debts and charges £69-13-04, and received £0-16-00, 
which account is accepted and ordered upon file. 



Page 383. 

Langton, Joseph, Sen., Farmington. Invt. £711-01-03. Taken 9 
April, 1736, by Isaac Cowles, Sen., Nathaniel Wadsworth and Thos. 
Wads worth. Will dated 3 September, 1733. 

I, Joseph Langton, Sen., of the Town of Farmingtown, do make this 
my last will and testament : Unto my wife Mary Langton (provided she 
survive me) I give to her the use, improvement and profit of 1-3 part of 
my house and lott where I now live, so long as she shall see cause there 
to live, reside and personally to dwell a widow bearing my name, and no 
longer; and also the use and profit of 1-3 part of all other of my real 
estate during her natural life. Also unto her my wife I give, to be at 
her own dispose, all the estate she brought with her and became mine by 
virtue of my marriage with her, and an addition of £8 of my personal 
estate. Unto my son Joseph Langton, besides what I have formerly 
given him, I give to him i suit of my wearing clothes, he to choose. And 
to my grandson Thomas Langton, son to the sd. Joseph Langton, to him 
and his heirs and assigns forever, I give and bequeath the i6th lot of land 
lying in the division of land in Farmingtown between Southington and 
Waterbury bounds, laid out on the right of my father Deacon John Lang- 
ton deed., containing by estimation 148 acres. Unto my son John Lang- 
ton, besides what I have already given him, I give to him and his heirs 
and assigns forever the 25th lott in the division of land in sd. Farming- 
town on the range of Blew Mountain, laid out on the right of my aforesd. 
father, containing by estimation about 107 acres. Unto my son Samuel 
Langton, besides what I have already given him, I give to him the 67th 
lott of land in the division of land in sd. Farmingtown, lying north of 
the reserved land and on the west side of the river, laid out on my sd. 
father's right, containing 98 acres. Unto my three sons, viz., John Lang- 



1732 TO 1737. PROBATE RECORDS. 175 

ton, Samuel Langton and Ebenezer Langton, I give and bequeath all the 
remainder of my wearing clothes in equal proportion. Unto my daughter 
Sarah Woodruff, besides what I have already given her, I give to her the 
sum of £40 in money. Also my will further is, that my sd. daughter 
shall have the liberty of living in my now dwelling house and have room 
for her comfort therein so long as she liveth unmarried. Unto my daugh- 
ter Susannah Langton I give the sum of i6o in money. Unto my son 
Ebenezer Langton, now living with me, and on whose help the comfort 
of my present life much depends, besides what I have already given him, 
I give to him the residue and remainder of my estate, both real and per- 
sonal, with the reversion thereof, not before in this instrument disposed 
of, wheresoever it is- or may be found or whatsoever it be, he paying my 
debts and legacies aforesd. And I do hereby ordain my son Ebenezer 
Langton sole executor. 

Witness : John Hooker, Sen., Joseph X Langton, ls. 

Gershom Lewis, Stephen Bissell. 

A codicil, dated 31 January, 1735, made the legacies to Sarah Wood- 
ruff and Susannah Langton to each i6o as money. 
Witness : John Hooker, Sen., Joseph X Langton, ls. 

Joseph Rootes, Samuell Nash. 

Court Record, Page 43 — 13 April, 1736: Will proven. 



Lane, John. Court Record, Page i — 28 March, 1734: John Lane, 
son of John Lane, late of Middletown, chose Nathaniel Bacon to be his 
guardian. 



Page 266-7-8. 



Lathrop, Corp. Hope. Invt. £489-02-36. Taken 25 November, 1734, 
by Ichabod Hinkley, Peter Emmons and John Lathrop. Will dated 6 
March, 173 1-2. 

I, Hope Lathrop of Tolland, in the County of Hartford, do make this 
my last will and testament: I give to my wife Elizabeth 1-3 part of my 
household goods, I give to her 1-3 part of my neat cattle and sheep. I 
give to my sd. wife the use of 1-2 of my homestead and the use of 1-2 of 
my building during the time she shall remain my widow ; this in lieu of 
her dower. I give to my wife the use and improvement of my great 
Bible during her natural life. I give to my son Benjamin Lathrop my 
great Bible and cane, the cane to be his at my decease and the Bible to be 
his after the decease of my sd. wife. I give to my son Ichabod Lathrop 
1-2 of my right in the Cedar Swamp that is in sd. Tolland. I give to my 
son Solomon Lathrop 1-2 of my right in sd. swamp. I give to my son 
Solomon Lathrop all my homested, that is to say, all but what I have 



176 PROBATE RECORDS. VOL. XII, 

given to my son Ichabod Lathrop by a deed of gift and by a deed of sale. 
That v^rhich I give to my son Solomon bounds east on Willimantic River, 
south on my son Ichabod Lathrop's land which was part of sd. home- 
sted as well, as largely will appear upon Tolland Records, together with 
all my buildings and fences on that part of sd. homested. And my will 
is that my sd. son Solomon enter into the possession of what I have herein 
given in the following manner: 1-2 of sd. homested and buildings upon 
my decease, and the other half when my sd. wife ceases to be my widow, 
if my sd. son Solomon shall pay or cause to be paid the full sum of ^75 
in manner as followeth, viz., the sum of ^50 in money unto my son Mel- 
atiah Lathrop at the age of 21 years, and £25 unto my son Joseph Lathrop 
at the age of 21 years. I give to my son John Lathrop 10 shillings. I 
give to my son Ebenezer Lathrop the sum of 10 shillings. I give to my 
son Melatiah Lathrop i feather bed and boalster. I give to my son 
Melatiah a paire of 3 (years) and vantage steers. I give to my son 
Joseph Lathrop £25 in money. I give to my son Joseph the bed we lodge 
on, after the death of my wife. I give to my son Joseph my riding 
beast. I give to my daughter Rebeckah Lewis iio. I give to my daugh- 
ter Elizabeth Lathrop £30. I give to my daughter Mary Lathrop £30. 
I give to my daughter Sarah Hammond 10 shillings. Further, my will 
is that all my moveable estate, except what I have already disposed of, 
be equally divided to my four daughters, Rebeckah Lewis, Sarah Ham- 
mond, Elizabeth Lathrop and Marah Lathrop. I appoint my wife Eliza- 
beth and my son Solomon Lathrop to be executors. 

Witness : Ichabod Hinkley, Hope Lathrop, ls. 

Benjamin Hinkley, David Hinkley. 

Court Record, Page 14 — 19 November, 1734: Will proven. 

Page 30 — ist July, 1735 : It was certified to this Court by John 
Huntington, J. P., that Joseph Lathrop, a minor, 14 years of age, son of 
Capt. Hope Lathrop deed., chose his brother Ebenezer Lathrop of Mans- 
field to be his guardian. Recog., £50. 



Lester, Elizabeth. Court Record, Page 34 — 5 November, 1735: 
Abraham Brooks of Haddam is appointed guardian to Elizabeth Lester, 
age 8 years, daughter of John Lester deed. Recog., £50. 



Lewis, Deborah. Court Record, Page 11 — ist September, 1734: 
Joseph Lewis of Haddam to be guardian to two of his children, viz., 
Deborah, age 12 years, and John, age 11 years. Recog., iioo. 



Invt. in Vol. XIII, Page 48. 

Lewis, Noadiah, Farmington. Invt. £435-02-02. Taken 24 De- 
cember, 1736, by Giles Hooker, Daniel Lewis and John Newell. 



1732 TO 1737. PROBATE RECORDS. 177 

Court Record, Page 54 — 4 January, 1736-7: Adms. granted to 
Elisha Lewis of Farmington, who recog. in £200 with Joseph Hooker. 

Page 14 (Vol. XIII) 12 August, 1737: Elisha Lewis, Adms., now 
wishes to resign, and this Court grant letters of Adms. unto Elizabeth 
Lewis, widow of sd. deed., who recog. in £200 with Elisha Lewis. 

This Court appoints Elizabeth Lewis of Hadley to be guardian to 
Noadiah Lewis, a minor, about 9 months old. Recog., iioo, with Elisha 
Lewis. 

Page 34 — 5 October, 1738: Elizabeth Lewis, Adms., exhibits now 
an account of her Adms : Paid in debts and charges, £68-06-04, and an 
addition to the estate of £24-12-00. Account accepted. 

Page 6 (Vol. XVI) 4 December, 1750: Noadiah Lewis, a minor, 14 
years of age, son of Noadiah Lewis, chose Elisha Lewis of Farmington 
to be his guardian. Recog., £500. 



Page 46. 

Lewis, William, Farmington. Will dated 7 January, 1733-4: I, 
William Lewis, of the Town of Farmingtown, being stricken in years, do 
make this my last will and testament: Unto my son Isaac Lewis, besides 
what I have formerly given him, I give him all my right to lands in ye 
division of lands in Farmingtown laid out on the range of Blue Moun- 
tains ; also all my right in lands in sd. town in the divisions of lands laid 
out between Southington and Waterbury, contained in 3 lotts, about 150 
acres in the whole. To my son Daniel Lewis, besides what I have form- 
erly given him, I give him all my land in the common field in Farming- 
town, and all the land I have near home at a place called New Field, 4 or 
5 acres ; also all my land that I have at or near a place called ye Great 
Hill in sd. town, about 13 acres ; also all my right to land that I have at a 
place called the Great Brook in sd. town. The 1-2 that I here give to my 
son Daniel Lewis is by way of portion to him ; the other half is on the 
account of what support and sufferance I expect from him in my old age, 
if needed. Unto my two sons, Daniel Lewis and Jonathan Lewis, be- 
sides what I have formerly given them, I give them my lott in the north 
division on the west side of the river, containing 130 acres and 3 roods. 
Unto my aforesd. three sons, and to their heirs and assigns forever, I 
give and bequeath all my right in the several divisions of land in sd. 
Farmingtown accruing to me from my father-in-law Isaac More. My 
will further is, that in case my sons shall neglect to settle their estates 
by deed or by will, or either of them shall so neglect as to die intestate, 
then in that case the younger sons of him or them so neglecting their 
heirs and assigns shall have, hold and injoy in fee simple the lands that 
in this will I have given to him or them that shall so neglect to settle his 
estate. Unto my daughter, Mary Lewis, single woman, besides what in 
time past I have given her, I give to her the sum of £14 money, to be paid 
out of my personal estate. Unto my daughters, viz., Ruth Brounson and 



178 PROBATE RECORDS. VOL. XII, 

Sarah Smith, I give to each of them the sum of £3 in money or as money. 
All the residue of my personal estate I give unto my aforenamed son 
Daniel Lewis, whome I constitute sole executor. 
Witness : John Hooker, Sen., William Lewis, ls. 

Asahel Strong, Asahel Strong, Jr. 

Court Record, Page 54 — ist February, lyz^-y: Will now exhibited 
by Daniel Lewis, executor. Proven. 



Invt. and Agreement in Vol. XIII, Page 36-7-8. 

Lord, Sergt. William, East Haddam. Died 29 October, 1736. Invt. 
i26o-03-o6. Taken by Samuel Emmons, Jr., John Lord and Thomas 
Cone. 

Articles of agreement, made by us whose names are hereunto sub- 
scribed, in the following manner, viz. : William Lord, Mary Lord, Joseph 
Crouch and his wife Hannah Crouch, Sarah Lord, John Sheppason and 
Hepsibah Sheppason, Mehetabell Lord and Susannah Lord, all heirs of 
William Lord, Sen., of East Haddam, our honoured father, for the di- 
vision and settlement of his estate to us the surviving heirs, to each of 
us our respective portions thereof : We do all agree that we have received 
the whole of our portions to our full satisfaction, and do acquit and dis- 
charge our brother William Lord, Jr., of any further demand of any of 
the estate of our honoured father William Lord deed., whether real or 



Sarah Lord, ls. 
John Sheppason, ls. 
Hepsibah Sheppason, ls. 
Mehetabell X Lord, ls. 
Susannah X Lord, ls. 



personal. Hannah Lord, ls. 

Wm. Lord, ls. 

Mary Lord, ls. 

Joseph Crouch, ls. 

Hannah Crouch ls. 

Witness : William Olmsted, 

Dorothy Olmsted. 

Court Record, Page 54 — 28 December, 1736: Adms. granted to 
William Lord, son of the deed., who recog. in £500 with Jonathan Lord 
of Colchester. 

Page 17 (Vol. XIII) 6 December, 1737: William Lord, Adms., ex- 
hibits an account of his Adms. Accepted. Also, an agreement is ex- 
hibited and confirmed by the Court. 



Page 351. 

Man, William, Wethersfield. Will dated 2 March, 1735-6: I, Wil- 
liam Man of Wethersfield, brasier, as to my estate my will and testament 
is as followeth: I give unto my grandchildren, Thomas Man, Hannah 
Man, Rebeckah Man, William Man, Mary Man and Sarah Man, all 



1732 TO 1737. PROBATE RECORDS. 179 

children of my son William Man of Marblehead deed., the sum of iio 
money or bills of publick credit to each of them severally, to be paid to 
them by my executor hereafter named, viz., to Thomas Man and Hannah 
Man I order my executor hereafter named to pay the sum of £io to each 
of them immediately after my decease, and iio to each of the other of 
the four remaining children of my sd. son William Man upon their ar- 
riving to lawfull age. I give to my granddaughter Rebeckah Lupton 
the sum of iio money, to be paid within three years after the date hereof. 
I give to my three grandchildren, John Rennals, Hannah Rennals and 
William Rennals, iio money to each of them at lawfull age. I give to my 
law son John Reinalds (Rennals), Junr., and to my daughter Rebeckah, 
the wife of sd. Rennals, the remaining part of my estate, vizt., brasier's 
tools, pewter tools, brass ware, puter ware, money, bills, bonds, notes, 
and my estate remaining in Boston, personal or real, be it what it is. 
Finally, and to conclude, I give to my sd. son-in-law John Rennals, Jr., 
of Wethersfield, all my estate, whether real or personal, of what name, 
nature or denomination soever, excepting the legacies by me before 
ordered and given. I appoint my sd. son-in-law, John Rennals, Jr., to be 
sole executor. 

Witness : Nathaniel Burnham, William Man, ls. 

Jonathan Williams, Elisabeth Warner. 

Court Record, Page 41 — 19 March, 1735-6: Will now exhibited by 
John Rennals, executor. 



Page 341-2. 



Marshall, Deacon Thomas, Windsor. Invt. £178-09-08. Taken ist 
December, 1735, by Nathaniel Drake, Roger Newbery and Timothy 
Loomis. Will dated 5 June, 1734. 

I, Thomas Marshall, of the Town of Windsor, do make and ordain 
this my last will and testament : My will is, that what I have obliged my- 
self, my heirs, etc., to pay to or allow my present wife Elizabeth, by a 
bond bearing date 13 November, 1729, that she shall have the full and 
free liberty of i room in my dwelling house, which of them she shall 
choose, and the use and improvement of 8 or 10 rods of ground near my 
house for a garden plott, and to pasture a cow for her during her natural 
life, provided she survive and continue to dwell in this town, is the whole 
she shall have out of my estate. I give to my son Samuel Marshall, more 
than I have given him by deed of gift, my orchard and six acres of up- 
land adjoining to John Graham's land. Also I give him all my right and 
share I have or ought to have in Torrington, in the County of Hartford, 
lying in common and undivided with the rest of the proprietors of sd. 
Torrington. And further, I give him all my right and share in the mile 
and i-2-mile division of sd. Windsor Town Commons, being the lott 
numbered 239. And lastly, I give him 1-8 part of the whole of the grist 
mill (in which I have a part), except he shall allow of or give liberty for 



l8o PROBATE RECORDS. VOL. XII^ 

the setting up of another grist mill on the same brook on which this 
stands. If so, then my will is that my son Daniel shall have it, he not 
paying anything for it to him the sd. Samuel Marshall, his heirs and 
assigns forever. I give to my son Thomas Marshall, more than I have 
already given him, my lott in the second meadow, also my lott in the 
first meadow, and my five acres of upland lying by the wayside as you go 
to the 2nd meadow. Also, I give him my right and share in the equiv- 
alent land lying northeast of the township of Windsor. I give to my 
grandchildren, Ichabod and Eunice Marshall, or their guardian for their 
use, more than I have given to their father my son John Marshall deed., 
iio money, to be paid them in equal shares by my son Daniel Marshall. 
I give to my son Daniel Marshall my dwelling house and homested, with 
the upland east of my house, and my pasture which I bought of Cornelius 
Gillett, reserving only to my wife Elizabeth the use of one room in the 
house, which she shall choose, and about 8 or lo rods near the house, and 
pasturing for a cow, for her use during her natural life if it please God 
that she survive me and continue to dwell in this town. Also, I give him 
one part of the grist mill (of which I have a part) and that broken time 
in it of i6 hours. And further, I give him my pasture west of the grist 
mill forever, he paying the sum of fio money to my grandchildren, 
Ichabod and Eunice Marshall, or to their guardian; and to my grand- 
children, Esther, Katharine and Ann Fowler, or their father Fowler, to 
be paid them in equal shares when they come of age, £io money in the 
whole, to be paid by the sd. Daniel Marshall ; and also to my two daugh- 
ters, Mary Wilson and Eunice Marshall, iio money each. I appoint my 
son Samuel Marshall executor. 

Witness: Timothy Loomis, Thomas Marshall^ ls. 

Mary X Soper, Hannah Loomis. 

Court Record, Page 37 — 10 December, 1735 : Will exhibited. 



Page 388. 

Meakins, Mary, Hartford. Invt. £60-00-04. Taken 30 November, 
1736, by Samuel Welles and John Pratt, Jr. 

Court Record, Page 53 — 28 December, 1736: Adms. to Thomas 
Miller, Jr., of Springfield. Recog., with Samuel Welles of Farmington. 

Page 19 — (Vol. XIII) 3 January, 1737-8: Thomas Miller, Adms., 
exhibits an account of his Adms., by which account it appears he has 
paid in debts and charges the sum of iio-13-09; credit received, 10 
shillings. Account accepted and ordered on file. 



Page 328-9. 



Merrells, Caleb, Hartford. Invt. £230 in realty. Taken 3 Novem- 
ber, 1735, by Moses Nash and Martin Smith. Will dated 22 September, 

1735- 



1732 TO 1737. PROBATE RECORDS. 18I 

I, Caleb Merrells of Hartford, do make this my last will and testa- 
ment: First, I give to my wife Mercy 1-3 part of all my moveable estate, 
to be at her own dispose forever. The other two-thirds of my moveable 
estate I give to my son Abijah and to the other child (whether son or 
daughter) which my wife now goes withall, provided always, if either 
of them die before the other comes of age, his or her share to be for the 
use and benefit of sd. survivor. And if they both live to be 21 years of 
age, then to be equally divided betwixt them. And my real estate, that 
is, the house and land I live on, I give and bequeath in manner following : 
First, I hereby authorize and fully impower my executors hereafter 
named to sell and dispose of so much of the land as shall be sufficient to 
pay Samuel Culver of Wallingford about £130 money which I owe him 
for the purchase of sd. house and land I live in, as also ye house and 
whole lot, if lots be not sufficient to pay sd. debt, and to make ample deeds 
of conveyance for the same. And what shall remain, if any, after sd. 
debts are paid, of the homestead and house, I give one-third of it to my 
wife Mercy, and the other 2-3 to be equally divided between my son 
Abijah and the child my wife now goes withall. And if either of them 
die before they arrive to 21 years, to be to the survivor. I appoint my 
brother Jonathan Sedgewick, Cyprian Merrells, and my wife Mercy, or 
any two of them, to be my executors. 

Witness : Daniel Hooker, Jr., Caleb Merrells^ ls. 

Ehenezer Smith, Elisha Smith. \ 

Court Record, Page 33 — 7 October, 1735 : Will proven. 

Page 6 (Vol. XIII) 3 May, 1737: An addition to the estate of Caleb 
Merrells was exhibited in Court by Mercy Merrells, executrix, amounting 
to the sum of £13-11-11. 

Page 7 — 3 May, 1737: The children, Abijah Merrells now 3 years 
of age, and Mercy, one year, this Court appoint their mother Mercy Mer- 
rells to be their guardian. Recog., £100. 

Page 62 (Vol. XIV) 6 August, 1745 : Jonathan Sedgewick of Hart- 
ford, executor to the last will of Caleb Merrells, moves this Court that 
distributors may be appointed to distribute the estate according to the 
will : Whereupon this Court appoint Capt. Daniel Webster, Moses Nash 
and Stephen Hosmer, of Hartford, distributors. 

Page 64 (Vol. XV) 3 May, 1748: Abijah Merrells, a minor, 14 years 
of age, son of Caleb Merells, chose Moses Nash of Hartford to be his 
guardian. And this Court appoint the sd. Moses Nash guardian to 
Mercy Merrell, a minor, 12 years of age. Recog., £300. 

Page 75 — 5 September, 1748: Ebenezer Mix being brought before 
Joseph Talcott, J. P., and being bound over to this Court, now appeared 
and under oath answered to sundry questions with respect to his with- 
holding and concealing part of the moveable estate of Caleb Merrell, of 
Hartford, deceased. 



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PROBATE RECORDS. VOL. XII, 



Page 320. 

Miller, Jonathan, Glastonbury. Invt. £820-02-03. Taken ist Au- 
.gust , 1735, by Nathaniel Talcott and William Miller. 

Court Record, Page 31 — 5 August, 1735: This Court grant Adms. 
unto Elizabeth Miller, widow and relict of sd. deceased, who gave bond, 
with Deacon Nathaniel Talcott of sd. Glastonbury, of £400. 



Page 344. 
Inventory on Page 369. 

Miller, Thomas, Middletown. Invt. £175-12-10. Taken 8 Novem- 
ber, 1735, by John Warner, Samuel Gipson and Stephen Miller. 

Court Record, Page 46 — ist June, 1736: Account of Adms. now ex- 
hibited by Ephraim Squire, Adms. Accepted. 

Page 49 — 3 August, 1736: Stephen Miller and James Miller ex- 
hibit an agreement for a final settlement under their hands and seals. 

Page 369 — 3 August, 1736: To all people to whom these presents 
shall come, greeting: Whereas, we, Stephen Miller and James Miller, 
both of Middletown, are by heirship and quitclaims from the other heirs 
of our honered father, Thomas Miller, late of Middletown deceased, 
the lawfull owners of the real estate of our sd. father lying and being in 
sd. Middletown, which we agree to divide as followeth : We do agree to 
improve the mill joyntly, each one to hold an equal share therein, with 
all the priviledges and appurtenances thereof, except the mill land. And 
the said James Miller, in consideration that the sd. Stephen Miller doth 
give me a lawfull quitclaim of all his right to the dwelling house and three 
acres of land that we bought of our uncles, Benjamin, John and Elijah 
Miller, do agree that he the sd. Stephen Miller shall have and hold all the 
dwelling house that did belong to our said father, and one acre and half 
more than half the lot on which said house standeth, to lye on the north- 
ern side thereof, which land contains in the whole lot about eighteen acres. 
And all that piece of land that lies on the hill called Captain's Hill, being 
westward from the mill, and all that piece of land that lies on the north- 
ern side of ye path or highway from the mill to the sd. dwelling house, 
unto all which I, the sd. James, do quitclaim to him the sd. Stephen, 
his heirs and assigns forever. And I, the sd. Stephen, do agree that he 
the sd. James shall have and hold all the remainder of sd. eighteen-acre 
lott, to lye on the southern side thereof, being the equall half of it wanting 
one acre and a half acre ; and all that piece of land that lyeth southward 
of the sd. path or highway that leads from the mill to the dwelling house 
abovesaid, unto all which I, the sd. Stephen, do quitclaim to him the sd. 
James, his heirs and assigns forever. 

In presence of : Stephen Miller, ls. 

Lamherton Cooper, James Miller, ls. 

William Rockwell. 

And acknowledged. 

Acknowledged in Court, 3 August, 1736. 

Test: Jos: Talcott, Jun'r, Clerk. 



1732 TO 1737. PROBATE RECORDS. 183 

Page 13 (Vol. XIII) 2 August, 1737: Ephraim Squire, Adms., ex- 
hibited an account of his Adms. Pursuant to an act of the General As- 
sembly, 12 May, 1737, this Court direct the Adms. to sell land to the 
value of £29-14-01. 

Page 29 — 2 May, 1738: Return of the sale of land by Ephraim 
Squire, Adms. All except the mill platt not being sufficient to pay all the 
debts, the mills, house and utensils ordered to be sold. 

Page 96 — 21 July, 1741 : Moses Miller, age 18 years, son of Thomas 
Miller, chose Ephraim Squire of Durham to be his guardian. Recog., 
iioo. Cert : Giles Hall, J. P. 



Page 286. 

Mitchelson, William, Simsbury. Invt. £41-12-10. Taken 6 January, 
1734-5, by Samuel Griswold and John Enos. 

Court Record, Page 20 — 4 February, 1734-5 : Adms. to Mary 
Mitchelson, widow. 



Page 298-9-300. 



Moore, Capt. Thomas, Windsor. Invt. taken 18 February, 1734-5, 
by Nathaniel Drake and Timothy Loomis. In this inventory appears the 
following: In coined silver, 30s-8d at i5d weight, £4-03-00; a silver 
drinking bowl, two silver dram cups and three silver spoons weighing 
16 ounces averdupoise weight, £14-00-00. Will dated 20 April, 1733. 

I, Thomas Moore, do make this my last will and testament : I give 
unto my beloved wife Deborah Moore 1-3 part of all my moveable estate 
forever, and also the use and improvement of 1-3 part of all my real 
estate during her natural life; and also the use and improvement of all 
the lands and buildings given unto my son Thomas in this my will, untill 
he shall arrive at the age of 21 years, provided she keep the buildings 
in repair and maintain the fences inclosing the lands. I give unto my 
son Thomas my home lott and the buildings thereon standing, and the 3 
acres in Bowfield lying at the west end thereof; also my pasture on the 
east side of the country road (3 acres), being part of my father's home- 
lott; also my little meadow lott, 6 acres, and also 4 acres in the Great 
Meadow, bounded west on the Rivulett ; and also my lott at a place called 
Garson, 45 acres, bounding west on the country road ; also my Mill 
Brook lott that I bought of John Graham, 17 acres ; also all my land lying 
in Torrington, being a right I bought of my brother Josiah Moore ; and 
also 1-5 part of all the common and undivided land belonging to me in 
the Township of Windsor, with my saws and 2 best broad axes, and all 
my other necessary shop tools, all which shall be set out to him, by my 
executor hereafter named, when he arrives at the age of 21 years. I 
give to my daughter Hannah 1-2 of the lott called Moses' lott, at Green- 



184 PROBATE RECORDS. VOL. XII, 

field, containing in the whole 20 acres ; and also the other half of sd. lott 
I give and bequeath unto my grandson Isaac Skinner, to be his at the age 
of 21 years, and until then his father to have the use of it. I give unto 
my sd. daughter Hannah 1-5 part of my right in the common and un- 
divided land at Windsor, and also 1-4 Town Commons division that is 
already made, with 1-4 part of all my land lying in Barkhamstead. I give 
unto my daughter Abiah i6o at inventory price out of my moveable 
estate, and 1-5 part of my common and undivided land in the Township 
of Windsor, and 1-4 part of my Town Commons division that is already 
laid out, and also 1-4 part of my lands lying in Barkhamstead. I give 
to my daughter Keziah i6o, 1-5 part of my common and undivided land, 
and 1-4 part of my Town Commons division, and 1-4 part of my land at 
Barkhamstead. I give unto my daughter Deborah iio besides what I 
have already given her, also 1-5 part of my common and undivided land, 
and 1-4 part of my Town Commons division, and 1-4 part of my lands in 
Barkhamstead. The remainder of the moveables, if any, shall be equally 
divided unto my four daughters. I appoint Roger Newbery and my wife 
executors. 

Witness : Matthew Allyn, Thomas Moore, ls. 

Josiah Drake, Martha Drake. 

Court Record, Page 25 — ist April, 1735 : Will now exhibited by 
Capt. Roger Newbery and Mrs. Deborah Moore, executors. 



Orvice, Azuba, Farmington. Court Record, Page 31 — 5 August, 
1735 : Rachel Orvice, Farmington, to be guardian to Azuba Orvice and 
Oliver Orvice, children of Samuel and Rachel Orvice. Recog., £100. 



Page 366-7-8-9, 392. 



Osborn, Samuel, Sen., Windsor. Invt. £501-13-06. Taken 19 July, 
1736, by John Cady, John Stiles and Jacob Osborn. Will dated 7 June, 
1736. 

I, Samuel Osborn, Sen., of Windsor, do make this my last will and 
testament: I give to my loving wife so much out of my estate as shall 
be comfortable maintenance for her under her circumstances. My will 
is that my son Samuel Osborn shall have the care and oversight of it 
and see it done; and in consideration of that and the great love and af- 
fection that I have for him, I give him all my lands, divided and undi- 
vided, excepting land that doth belong to me by the death of my brother- 
in-law John Denslow, only I order him, and my will is, that he should 
pay to my daughter Rebeckah £100 money worth in cattle, or part cattle 
and part money, within one year after the death of my wife. My will 
further is yt what belongs to me by the death of my brother-in-law John 



1732 TO 1737. PROBATE RECORDS. l8S 

Denslow shall be equally divided between my son and daughter, both 
lands and moveables. My will further is, that my son should have all 
that is due to me, and also the moveables that I now have, only he shall 
pay to my daughter £4 in money within two years from the date hereof. 
My son Samuel to be sole executor. 

Witness : John Stiles, Samuel Osborn, ls. 

John Morris, Jacob Osborn. 

Court Record, Page 47 — 6 July, 1736 : Will proven. 



Will and Invt. in Vol. XIII, Page lo-ii. 

Owen, Isaac, Simsbury. Invt. £940-06-04. Taken 5 January, 1736- 
7, by Peletiah Allyn, Benjamin Griswold, Jr., and Jonathan Stiles. Will 
dated 26 February, 1734-5. 

I, Isaac Owen of Simsbury, in the County of Hartford, do make this 
my last will and testament: I give to my wife Sarah 1-3 part of my per- 
sonal estate, and likewise 1-3 part of my real estate, during her natural 
life, and the use of 1-2 of my dwelling house during her widowhood. I 
give to my eldest son Isaac Owen all that remains of that lott that I 
bought of John Lewis, which joins partly on Josiah Hinkley's land and 
partly on land I had of John Owen. I give to my son Isaac 6 acres of my 
mowing pasture lying in Suffield, in the County of Hampshire and Pro- 
vince of Massachusetts Bay, which mowing pasture is bounded west on 
Simsbury, east and north on land I bought of Capt. Joseph Winchell of 
Suffield, and on the south side lyes partly in Windsor Township, which 
6 acres is the south side of sd. pasture. I give to my son Isaac Owen all 
that lott I bought of Nathaniel Hamlin of sd. Suffield. I give to my son Eli- 
jah Owen, after my decease,- my homelott as it is butted and bounded east 
on the present road, north on Isaac Gillett's land, south on land I bought 
of John Lewis, west on Turkey Hills, with all the accommodations to the 
same, after my decease, excepting what may be his mother's dowry. 
Also I give to my son Elijah Owen all the remaining part of my sd. 
mowing pasture in Suffield, besides sd. six acres given to my son Isaac, 
together with all the other land I have in Suffield. I give to my daughter 
Sarah Phelps £20 besides what she hath already. I give to my daughter 
Rebeckah £60. I give to my daughter Deborah Eno £35 besides what 
she hath already had. I give to my daughter Anne £50. I appoint my 
two sons, Isaac and Elijah Owen, my executors. 
Witness : John Hunt, Isaac Owen, ls. 

Benjamin Owen, John Lewis. 

Court Record, Page 55 — ist February, iy^6-y: Will proven. 

Page 35 (Vol. XIV) 6 December, 1743: Isaac Owen, one of the 
executors, moves to this Court that the widow's dowry in the estate of 
the sd. deed, given her in sd. will may be set out to her according to the 



1 86 PROBATE RECORDS. VOL. XII, 

will, viz., in the estate of Elijah Owen, one of the sons of the sd. deed., 
who is also deceased: Whereupon this Court appoint Joshua Holcomb, 
Isaac Gillett and Samuel Owen, of Simsbury, to set out to Sarah Owen, 
widow, the relict, her legacy or dowry in the estate of sd. Isaac Owen 
deed., viz., Elijah Owen's estate, by bounds, according to sd. will, and 
make return of their doings to this Court. 



Page 301. 

Peirce, Edward, Simsbury. Invt., 2 parcels of land, ^30-00-00, 
Taken 31 March, 1735, by Samuel Bemon, Jr., and Gillet Addams. 

Court Record, Page 12 — 5 November, 1734: Adms. to Nathaniel 
Pinney of Windsor. Recog., £100, with Wm. Pratt of Hartford. 

Page 37 — 15 December, 1735: Nathaniel Pinney, Jr., Adms., be- 
ing now deceased, not having finished his Adms., this Court appoint 
Samuel Pettebone, 2nd, Adms. Recog., iioo, with John Pettebone, Jr. 



Page 321. 

Pelton, John, Middletown, East. Died 15 July, 1735. Invt. £225-11- 
06. Taken 20 August, 1735, by Nathaniel Nichols and John Penfield. 
Will dated July, 1735. 

I, John Pelton of Middletown, do make this my last will and testa- 
ment : I give to my wife Jemima all my household goods, to be her estate > 
forever. I also give to her the use of 1-2 of my house in Middletown, 
and the use of 1-3 part of my 400-acre farm called the School lott, dur- 
ing the time she continues my relict and widow. I give to my eldest 
son John, besides what I have advanced toward his settlement, my £50 
right in Potopogue Quarter in Saybrook, together with the divisions and 
allottments of land that have been laid out thereupon and have not been 
by me conveyed, and also that shall hereafter be laid out upon sd. right 
or belong thereto. To my son James (besides what I have already given 
him) I give him 5 shillings. And upon condition that my son James shall 
discharge my executors from all claims and demands which he may pre- 
tend to have against my estate, and, as he ought to do, shall resign up his 
claims and interest in two yoke of my oxen (which I heretofore mortgaged 
to him) unto my executors that the sd. oxen may by them be disposed 
of as in this my will I shall order, then my will is that he shall have £40 
paid to him, as I shall hereafter direct, within four years after my de- 
cease. To my two sons, Phineas and Johnson, I give the 1-2 of my 
abovesd. 400 acres called the School lott, together with the 1-2 of my 
dwelling house thereon standing, to them, their heirs and assigns for- 
ever, on condition that they pay out such legacies as I shall hereafter 
order. To my other two sons, Joseph and Josiah, and to my daughter 
Mary, I give the other half of my sd. 400 acres, to be between them three 



1732 TO 1737. PROBATE RECORDS. I87 

equally divided, to be to them, their heirs and assigns forever, upon 
condition that they pay out such legacies as I shall hereafter order. I 
give to my daughter Jemima £20. To my other three daughters, Sarah, 
Elizabeth and Ketureh, I give to each of them £20. To my four sons, 
Phineas, Johnson, Joseph and Josiah, I give and bequeath all my cattle, 
husbandry tools and utensils, to be equally divided between them. I give 
and bequeath my 200 acres of land in Middletown, w^hich I bought of 
Mr. Woodward, to my executors hereafter named, to be by them sold for 
the payment of my debts and for no other purpose. My wife Jemima 
and my son Phineas Pelton to be executors. 

Witness : Hez: Buckingham, John X Pelton^ ls. 

Solomon Wheat, Samuel Williams. 

Court Record, Page 32 — 2 September, 1735: Will proven. 

Page 6 (Vol. XV) ist March, 1746: Joseph Pelton of Middletown, 
one of the heirs to the estate of John Pelton, moved to this Court that 
freeholders may be appointed to divide one certain piece of land lying in 
Middletown, containing about 400 acres, and is on the east side of the 
Great River, being one of the long lotts, so called, the executors neglect- 
ing and refuseing to divide the same : Whereupon this Court appoint 
Joseph Frary, William Rockwell and Samuel Wadsworth, of Middle- 
town, to make division and partition of sd. land according to the last will 
and testament of the sd. deceased to the heirs, and make return of their 
doings to this Court. 



Page 339-40. 

Pinney, Nathaniel, Jr., Windsor. Invt. £880-06-06. Taken by Sam- 
uel Bemon, Jr., Gillett Addams and Lemuel Roberts. Add to the invt. 
59 acres of land in Colchester, land bought of Thomas Crow in Cole- 
brook, and a £2-06-00 right in Barkhamsted. Will dated ly June, 1735. 

I, Nathaniel Pinney, Jr., of Windsor, being very sick and weak in 
body, but of present mind and memory, do make this my last will and 
testament : I give to Elizabeth, my wife, the use of all my land in the 
mile and 1-2-mile division in Windsor, and of all my land in Simsbury, 
until my eldest son Darius come to the age of 21 years, and the use of 1-3 
during her natural life, and one-third part of moveables forever. I give 
to my eldest son Darius £20 more than the 1-2 of my land in the mile 
and I -2-mile division in Windsor, and 1-2 of all my land in Simsbury. 
I give to my youngest son Filander the other half of the above sd. land, 
excluding the £20 which my eldest son Darius shall have more than the 
1-2, to him and his heirs forever. Furthermore, that if either of my sons 
shall die before he shall come to the age of 21 years, the other son shall 
have all his lands before mentioned, provided he shall, in the term of 6 
years after he comes to the age of 21 years, pay each of my daughters in 
equal share the price of land as it shall be inventoried, that is to say, he 
having an equal share with them. Furthermore, my will is that all my 



1 88 PROBATE RECORDS. VOL. XII, 

lands in Barkhamsted and Colchester and Peller Hill shall be sold by my 
executrix hereafter named to pay my debts, and what remains more than 
to pay my debts be divided in equal share amongst my daughters. Also, 
I give the remainder of my estate in equal share to my daughters, viz., 
to Martha Addams, to Ruhama, to Lurana, to Elizabeth and to Sarah, 
to them and their heirs forever, excluding my buildings. My will is that 
my sons Darius and Filander shall have an equal share of my house and 
barn. I appoint my wife Elizabeth sole executrix. 
Witness : Thos. Griswold, Nathaniel Pinney, Jr., Ls. 

Joseph Barnard, Nathaniel Griswold. 

Court Record, Page 34 — 7 October, 1735: Will exhibited by Eliz- 
abeth, the widow, executrix. 

Page 61 (Vol. XIII) 19 February, 1739-40: Darius Pinney, age 16 
years, son of Nathaniel Pinney, chose his mother Elizabeth Pinney to be 
his guardian. Recog., iioo. 



Page 353. 

Porter, John, Kensington. Invt. £887-11-06. Taken 16 March, 1736, 
by Isaac Hart and Caleb Galpin. Will dated 18 February, 1735-6. 

I, John Porter of Kensington, in the County of Hartford and Colony 
of Connecticut, do make this my last will and testament : I give to Han- 
nah Porter her dower rights, and also the use of all my real estate until 
my only son shall come to the age of 21 years. I give to my only son 
John Porter all my real estate in houseing and lands, and to his heirs and 
assigns forever, he paying to my eldest daughter Ann Porter £30 in cur- 
rent money of sd. Colony within the space of 3 years after he shall come 
to be of the age above mentioned, and also £30 in sd. specie to my second 
daughter Abigail Porter within the space of four years after he shall 
come to the sd. age, and also £30 in sd. specie to my youngest daughter 
Jerusha Porter within the space of five years after he shall come to be of 
the age above mentioned. All the rest of my estate I give to my three 
daughters above mentioned, to be equally divided among them. And I 
do hereby appoint my well-beloved wife above named sole executrix. 
Witness : Isaac Lee, John Porter, ls. 

Daniel Hancox, Josiah Hurlbut. 

From File : 

DISTRIBUTION OF THE ESTATE OF JOHN PORTER. 

Know all men by these presents: That we, Ann Porter, Abigail 
Brownson and Jerusha Porter, all of Farmington, in ye County of Hart- 
ford and Collony of Connecticut, being heirs and equal sharers in the 
estate of our beloved brother John Porter, late of the parrish of Kensing- 
ton, in sd. Farmington, deceased, do by these presents, each of us for 
ourselves and for our heirs, fully and finally agree to divide all ye lands 



1732 TO 1737. PROBATE RECORDS. I89 

accrueing to us from our said brother in manner and form following, 
that is to say, in ye first place we all agree that the said Ann Porter shall 
for her share in sd. lands have full nine acres of the west side of the house 
lot that did belong to our sd. brother, runing throw from ye highway to 
the river, being eighteen rods in breadth east and west; and also foer 
acars and one-halfe acar of the east end of the lot called ye lot at Two- 
Mile Brook, runing across sd. lot and buting east and north with high- 
way. And 2nd, we all agree that Abigaile Brownson shall for her share 
of sd. lands have full thirteen acars of the northeast corner of ye above 
sd. house lott, buting east with highway, west with ye above sd. nine 
acars sett out to Ann, and north with ye river called Betses' Branch ; and 
also foer acars and one-halfe acar of the lot called ye lot at Two-Mile 
Brook, buting east with ye above described piece of sd. lot sett to Ann 
Porter, north with highway, and south with Jonathan Edwards. And 
3dly, we all agree that the above sd, Jerusha Porter shall for her share in 
sd. lands have full thirteen acars of the southeast corner of the above 
described house lot, buting south and east with highways, and north and 
west with Ann and Abigail's parts of sd. house lot ; and also all the rest 
of the sd. lot at Two-Mile Brook, on each side of the highway that parts ye 
west end of sd. lot. And now, for a final confirmation of the above 
writen division of the lands accruing to us as heirs to our sd. brother's 
estate, we have hereunto severally set to our hands and seals the second 
day of February, and in ye 15th yeare of ye reign of our souereign lord 
George the Second, of Great Britaine, etc., King. Annoqui domini 
1741-2. 

Ann Porter (her mark) ls. 

Abigaill (her mark) Brownson, ls. 

Aaron Brownson, ls. 

Jerusha (her mark) Porter, ls. 

Endorsement : 
At a Court of Probate held at Hartford, 
2nd February, 174 1-2: Then Ann Porter, 
Abigail Brownson and Jerusha Porter 
acknowledged their hands and seals. 

Test: Jos: Talcott, Clerk. 

Ordered to be recorded. 

Court Record, Page 108 (Vol. XIII) 2 February, 1741-2: 
This agreement was accepted in Court and ordered to be re- 
corded and kept on file. [It is not found recorded.] 



Page 355-6. 



Porter, Doctor Samuel. Invt. £1364-00-06. Taken by John Porter, 
Isaac Cowles and Nathaniel Wadsworth. Will dated 21 June, 1735. 

I, Samuel Porter, doctor, of Farmingtown, do make this my last 
will and testament : I give unto my wife Abigail Porter, to be at her own 



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t 

dispose forever, 1-2 part of all my household goods and two cowes, also 
one horse (which she shall choose). I give unto her, during her natural 
life, the use and profit of 1-2 part of all my lands now under improvement. 
I give her 1-2 part of all my buildings. Unto my three daughters, viz., 
Abigail Thomas, Sarah Lee and Eunice Wadsworth, I give and bequeath 
all the rest of my household goods, to be equally divided between them. 
Unto my son, Ezekiel Porter, besides what I have already given him, I 
now give to him the 51st lott in number in the fourth division of lands 
in Farmingtown, laid out on the right of my father, about 103 acres. 
Unto my son Thomas Porter I give severall parcels of land within the 
bounds of the Township of Farmingtown, viz., all the lands laid out in 
my father's right, and half the land laid out on the right of Mr. Newton 
as is contained in the 6th allottment in the division of lands lying against 
Hartford and Windsor, about 125 acres; also all the land laid out on my 
father's right in the nth allottment in the 2nd division of land in Farm- 
ingtown, 103 acres more or less. Unto my son Hezekiah Porter I give 
all the lands that was laid out on the right of Capt. John Stanly in the 9th 
allottment in the 2nd division in Farmingtown, 150 acres more or less; 
also the loth lott in number in the 6th division, containing 103 acres more 
or less, which lott was laid out on my father's right. Unto my son Sam- 
uel Porter I give lands and buildings in sd. Farmingtown as followeth, 
viz., my homelott where I now live, with all the buildings thereon stand- 
ing ; also my pasture at ye place called ye Mill Swamp ; also my pasture 
across the way against my house ; also all my land that I have in the 
common field ; also all my land at a place called ye Long Swamp ; also all 
my land at a place called White Oak Plaine. My wife to have the use 
as is before willed to her. My will further is, that all the remainder of my 
personal estate, after the foregoing legacies and debts are paid, shall be- 
long to and be equally divided among my three youngest sons, James 
Porter, Hezekiah Porter and Samuel Porter. I will and bequeath my right 
lying in common in the reserved lands in Farmingtown to be equally di- 
vided among my four sons. I make my son Ezekiel Porter and my son- 
in-law Hezekiah Lee to be executors. 

Witness : Giles Hooker, Samuel Porter, ls. 

Gershom Lewis, Thomas Smith. 

Court Record, Page 43 — 6 April, 1736: Will proven. Hezekiah 
Porter, age 19 years, and Samuel Porter, age 17 years, chose Ezekiel 
Porter to be their guardian. 



Page 238. 

Purple, Edward, Haddam, Invt. £143-15-00. Taken 21 February, 
1733-4, by John Gates, David Cone and Bezaleel Brainard. 

Court Record, Page 2 — ist April, 1734: Elias Purple, son of Edward 
Purple, chose Joseph Gates to be his guardian. Recog., iioo. 



1732 TO 1737. PROBATE RECORDS. I9I 

Page 4 — 7 May, 1734: Adms. granted to Edward Purple of Had- 
dam, who gave bonds of i200 with Moses Cook. 

Page 27 — 6 May, 1735 : Edward Purple, Adms., exhibited an ac- 
count of his Adms., which is accepted. And John Purple, son of Edward 
Purple, age 17 years, chose Lt. Jabez Chapman to be his guardian. 



Page 346. 

Robe, Andrew, Sen., Simsbury. Invt. £124-00-00. Taken 27 No- 
vember, 1735, by Samuel Buell and Joseph Humphrey. Will dated 26 
August, 1729. 

I, Andrew Robe, Sen., of Simsbury, do see cause to make this my 
last will and testament : I give unto my wife Sarah, during her natural 
life, the use of 1-2 of my house lott, with 1-2 of my meadow lott lying in 
Hop Meadow, with the east end of my now dwelling house, with so much 
cellar room as she needs from year to year, and also so much barn room 
as to keep stover for two cowes and sheltering in bad weather. And also 
I oblige my son Andrew Robe to keep his mother's buildings and fences 
in repair during the time of her widowhood. And also I give her 1-2 of 
my moveable estate forever, but the houseing and land for life, unless 
she see cause to marry, then she shall move off with only 1-3 of these 
lands and 1-3 of my moveable estate, and shall not bring any man into 
my son's possessions which may cause differences to arise between him 
and his mother. I give unto my son Andrew Robe all my lands that I 
now possess, excepting what I have given to my wife during her natural 
life, which he is not to enter into possession of until her decease, and then 
he is to enjoy the same and all other my land, both divided and undivided 
land, to him, his heirs and assigns forever. Also, I give unto my son 
Andrew Robe the other half of my moveable estate to pay debts and 
legacies withall unto his sisters. I give and bequeath unto my three 
daughters, namely, Mary, Elizabeth and Amy, unto each of them so much 
as to make up, with what they have already received, £20 to each of them. 
I appoint my son Andrew Robe sole executor. 

Witness : Josiah Alford, Andrew Robe, ls. 

Jacob Case, Abigail Case. 

Court Record, Page 37 — 28 November, 1735 : Will proven. 



Page 304-5. 

Roberts, John, Simsbury. Invt. £34-16-00. Taken 5 May, 1735, by 
Andrew Moore and Samuel Bemon, Jr. 

Court Record, Page 23 — 26 March, 1735 : Adms. to Nathaniel 
Roberts. Recog., £200, with Gillet Addams. 

Page 26 — 6 May, 1735 : Exhibit of personal inventory. 



192 PROBATE RECORDS. VOL. XII, 

Page 302. 

Roberts, Nathaniel, Middletown. Invt. £68-13-06. Taken ist April, 
1735' by Stephen Blake, Jabez Brooks and John Roberts. 

Court Record, Page 25 — 14 April, 1735: Adms. to Mehetabell 
Roberts, widow. Recog., with John Roberts of Middletown. 

Page 35 (Vol. XIII) 7 November, 1738: Mehetabell Roberts, widow, 
exhibited in Court an account of her Adms., which this Court do see 
cause to accept. This Court also appoint Mehetabell Roberts, widow, 
to be guardian to her children, viz., Deborah, age 6 1-2 years; Mehetabell, 
age 4 years, and Nathaniel, age 3 years, all children of Nathaniel Roberts, 
late deed. Recog., £150. 



Page 225. 

Root, Thomas, Jr., sometime of Lebanon, late of Farmington, deed. 
Invt. £83-10-05. Taken 24 June, 1734, by Daniel Judd and John Newell. 

Court Record, Page 8—22 July, 1734: Invt. exhibited by Joseph 
Hawley, Adms. 

Page 38 (Vol. XIII) 5 December, 1738: Eleazer Root, age 9 years, 
Hannah age 7, and Sarah age 5 years, children of Thomas Root : this 
Court appoint Ebenezer Hawley, with their mother Hannah Root's con- 
sent, to be guardian to sd. minors. Recog., £300. 

Page 40 — 6 February, 1738 : Joseph Hawley, Adms., exhibits an ac- 
count of his Adms., whereby it appears he has paid in debts and charges 
the sum of £100-07-05, which account is accepted, ordered recorded and 
kept on file. 



Page 323. 

Rowlandson, Wilson, Wethersfield. Died 3 July, 1735. Invt. £438- 
06-09. Taken 18 August, 1735, by Thomas Deming, William Blin and 
Joseph Flower. Will dated 17 May, 1735. 

I, Wilson Rowlandson of Wethersfield, do make this my last will 
and testament: I give to my two sons, Phineas and Wilson, my land in 
Stepney Parish in sd. Wethersfield, bounding north on a highway, east 
on land of Samuel Deming, south on a highway, west on land of John 
Reinolds, containing about 20 acres, together with the house and barn 
thereon standing, after the payment of my debts and funeral expenses 
as above mentioned. Then the residue of my moveable estate I give to 
Mary, my loving wife, 1-3 part forever. Then what remains I give and 
bequeath to my two daughters, Thankfull and Hannah. To Mary, my wife, 
I give and bequeath the use and improvement of the land, house and 
barn above bequeathed as long as she shall remain my relict, provided 
that it exceed not the time of my two sons their arrival at the age of 21 
years. I appoint and desire Josiah Churchill at Wethersfield and Mary 
my wife to be executors. 

Witness : Richard Lord, Wilson Rowlandson, ls. 

Joseph Woodhouse, Timothy Baxter. 



1732 TO 1737. PROBATE RECORDS. 193 

Court Record, Page 32 — 2 September, 1735 : Will proven. Josiah 
Churchill declines, and the widow Mary Rowlandson is appointed Adms. 
with the will annexed. 

Page 50 — 3 August, 1736: This Court do appoint Mary Rowland- 
son to be guardian to Phineas Rowlandson, age 5 years, Wilson 3 years, 
and Hannah 7 years of age, all children of Wilson Rowlandson deed. 
Recog., £100. 

Page 4 (Vol. XIII) 29 March, 1737: Mary Rowlandson, widow, 
Adms., exhibited an account of her Adms. : Paid in debts and charges, 
£98-03-05 ; credited with £7-04-00. Which account is accepted and or- 
dered to be kept on file. Thankfull Rowlandson, age 91-2 years, daugh- 
ter of Wilson Rowlandson, chose her mother Mary Rowlandson to be 
her guardian. Recog., £50. 

Page 9 (Vol. XV) ist April, 1746: Phineas Rowlandson, a minor, 
14 years of age, son of Wilson Rowlandson, late of Wethersfield de- 
ceased, chose Jacob Gibbs, his father-in-law, to be his guardian. Recog., 
£500. 



Page 330. 

Rowley, Moses, East Haddam. Invt. £33-12-05. Taken 19 August, 
1735, by Thomas Gates and John Fuller. Will dated 24 March, 1734-5. 

I, Moses Rowley, of the Town of East Haddam, m the County of 
Hartford, do make and ordain this my last will and testament: I give to 
my loving sons, viz., Moses, Samuel, Ebenezer and Jonathan Rowley, all 
my lands known by the name of the Purchase Land or Lotts, equally to be 
divided among them, that is to say, if the sd. purchasers are pleased to 
divide the same, then I do give it them and their heirs as in manner 
abovesd. ; but if the sd. purchasers should not divide the sd. land, but let 
it lie for the use first intended, then I do give and bequeath it to that use 
for the Gospel in this place. Secondly, I do give and bequeath to my lov- 
ing son John Rowley all my carpenter's tools. I give to my son Jonathan 
Rowley my cart boxes and bands, my small axe and broad hoe. I give 
to my daughter Hannah Rowley that cowe that my son John Rowley now 
hath, and six sheep, my bed that I now lye on and all the bedding belong- 
ing to the same, and all the household goods that I now have. I give my 
wearing clothes to my sons, Moses, Samuel, John, Ebenezer and Jonathan 
Rowley. And whatsoever else which I shall have, at my decease, of 
estate that I have not disposed of as above sd., to be equally divided 
among them, excepting 20 shillings apiece to be paid out of the same to 
my three daughters, viz., Mary Olmsted, Nein Fuller and Mehetabell 
Chapman. Furthermore, my will is that my sons Samuel Rowley of 
Hebron and Ebenezer of East Haddam be executors. 
Witness : John Fuller, Moses Rowley, ls. 

John Persival, Ebenezer Fuller. 



194 PROBATE RECORDS. VOL. XII, 

Court Record, Page 33 — 7 October, 1735 : Will now proven. Moses 
Rowley, one of the sons, appealed from the decision of this Court ap- 
proveing the will. 

RECEIPTS RECORDED ON PAGE 56, THEY BEING THE LAST OF THE COURT 

ENTRIES IN VOL. XII : 

2nd January, 1733-4: I, Mary Rowlee, the wife of Moses Rowlee, 
Sen., of Haddam, do acquit my husband and his heirs, executors, ad- 
ministrators or assigns, from all joyntures, dowryes and agreements what- 
soever hereafter may arise, having received the full sum of ten pounds. 

Witness : Thomas Fuller, Mary Rowlee, her mark. 

Nathaniel Stocking. 

We, the subscribers, do acknowledge ourselves satisfied, having re- 
ceived in full what was due to us from the estate of our hon'd father 
Moses Rowley deed., and do acquit and discharge brothers Samuel and 
Ebenezer Rowlee, executors, this 17th February, 1736-7. 

Witness : Charles Williams, Moses Rowlee, 

Moses Roberts. John Rowlee, 

Jonathan X Rowlee. 

We, the subscribers, do hereby acquit and discharge brothers Samuel 
and Ebenezer Rowlee, executors to the last will and testament of our 
honoured father Moses Rowlee deceased, having received in full of what 
belonged to us of the estate by said will. In witness whereof we have 
hereto set our hands this 17th day of February, 1736-7. 

Henry Champen (Champion), 
Mehetabell Champen. 



Page 284. 

Savage, Lt. Nathaniel, Middletown. Invt. £982-13-00. Taken 30 
January, 1734-5, by Nathaniel White and Samuel Shepherd. Will dated 
25 April, 1733. 

I, Nathaniel Savage of Middletown, do make this my last will and 
testament: I give to Esther, my beloved wife, whom I likewise ordain 
my sole executrix, 1-4 part of all my moveable estate, likewise the use of 
1-2 of my dwelling house, with half the cellarage, with half the barn, 
and the use of half that part of my lott on which my dwelling house 
stands, 1-2 of the orchard and other conveniences belonging thereto, and 
likewise the use of half of all my improveable meadow; all this during 
her life. I give to my eldest son John Savage the whole of that part of 
my lott against my dwelling house, east of the highway, his mother's 
interest excepted ; and likewise all the west end of that lott on which my 
house stands, running east so far as the cross fence as it now stands, with 



1732 TO 1737. PROBATE RECORDS. 195 

liberty to pass and re-pass to and from it where it may be convenient at 
least damage to the rest of the lott ; and likewise that part of my meadow 
land in Wongunk which lyeth above the crick; and likewise 1-2 of all my 
meadow land in sd. Wongunk meadow below the sd. crick, excepting 
half an acre lying next to his Uncle Jonathan's meadow, and his mother's 
interest excepted; and likewise all that piece of land which I bought of 
Nathaniel Stocking lying by Richard Gill's land ; and likewise my interest 
in the last three miles granted to the Town of Middletown, together with 
half my right in the common or undivided land in the town, and likewise 
half of both parts of my half-mile lott lying near Shamger Bernis (Barnes 
or Bourne?), and over the hill, however it may be butted and bounded; 
and likewise the use of half my dwelling house and barn, with yarding 
convenient, until his brother comes of age. I give to my son Jabez Savage 
my dwelling house and barn and the land on which it stands, running 
westward until it comes to his brother John's part, with a half acre in 
Wongunk meadow, lying next his uncle Jonathan Warner's land. I give 
to my daughters, Esther, Abigail, Susanah, Mary and Elizabeth, 1-2 of 
all my rights in the last three miles granted to the Town of Middletown, 
together with 3-4 of all my moveable estate (excepting one pair of 3- 
year-old steers and husbandry tools), to be divided thus, viz., my daugh- 
ters Susanah, Mary and Elizabeth first of all to have each of them as 
much as their sisters Esther and Abigail have each of them had, and 
then the remainder to be equally divided among the five children. This 
I give to my five daughters and their heirs forever. And further, I give 
to my two sons, John and Jabez, one paire of 3-year-old steers and all 
my husbandry tools, to be divided equally between them. 

Witness : Joseph White, Nathaniel Savage, ls. 

John McCleane, William Kesson. 

Court Record, Page 19 — 4 February, 1734-5 : Will now exhibited by 
Esther Savage, widow, who declined to be executrix. Adms. to the 
widow with the will annexed. 



Page 303. 

Sedgewick, Capt. Samuel, Hartford. Invt. £2190-04-06. Taken 10 
April, 1735, by Martin Smith, Daniel Webster and Moses Nash. Will 
dated 21 June, 1722. 

I, Samuel Sedgewick of Hartford, do make this to be my last will 
and testament : I do give to my wife, the time of her natural life, half 
my dwelling house and half of my celler, and half of my barn and out- 
houses, and half my orchards. And I also give my wife the improvement 
of 1-3 part of all my land during her natural life, and also 1-3 part of my 
moveable estate to be at her own dispose forever. I give unto my son 
Samuel Sedgewick's children, besides what I have already given by deeds 
of gift, 5 shillings apiece. I give unto my son Jonathan Sedgewick the 



196 PROBATE RECORDS. VOL. XII, 

house he now Hves in, and all the land on the east side of the brook be- 
tween him and where I now live, butting on the land of Lt. Gillett south. 
I also give my son Jonathan all my plain lott, butting upon his brother 
Joseph's land east, and upon Lt. Gillett's south. Also, I give to my son 
Jonathan my old and new swamps, being known by that name, butting on 
Lt. Gillett's house partly, on land west belonging to the heirs of my son 
Samuel Sedgewick, partly on land formerly belonging to Jared Spencer, 
and east on land hereafter given to my son Benjamin. I also give unto 
my son Jonathan, after my son Stephen hath had 55 acres out of it, the 
rest of my mountain lott, to be equally divided between him and Ben- 
jamin, provided that my son Jonathan pay to his four sisters, Abigail, 
Mary, Elizabeth and Mercy, 50 shillings apiece within a year after my 
decease. I give unto my son Ebenezer Sedgewick that house and lands 
I bought of John Peck and 40 shillings more. I give unto my son Joseph 
Sedgewick 15 acres of land where his house now stands, butting on his 
brother Jonathan's land west and on land of Lt. Gillett's south, besides 
what I have already given him. I give to my son Stephen Sedgewick that 
lott I bought of John Andrews, and the house he now lives in, and 55 
acres of land on which his house now stands, and he shall have liberty 
to take the 55 acres in one piece, either east and west or north and south. 
I give unto my son Benjamin Sedgewick my dwelling house, barn and all 
of my outhouseing and all my land at home, butting on his brother 
Jonathan's land east, and on Lt. Gillett's south. I also give unto my 
son Benjamin my hill, butting on the heirs of my son Samuel's children 
east and on land given to Jonathan west, and on Lt. Gillett's south. I 
also give unto my son Benjamin my Jared lott and swamp, being known 
by that name, and I give unto my son Benjamin the half of my mountain 
lott above mentioned, to be equally divided between him and his brother 
Jonathan, and provided he pay, when he comes of age, to his four sisters 
50 shillings apiece, unto Abigail, Mary, Elizabeth and Mercy. I give to 
my daughter Abigail 50 shillings, to my daughter Mary 50 shillings, to 
my daughter Elizabeth Sedgewick £40, to my daughter Mercy Sedge- 
wick £40. I appoint my two sons, Jonathan and Ebenezer, with my wife, 
executors. 

Witness : Caleb Watson, Samuel Sedgewick, ls. 

Ebenezer Smith, Caleb Merrells. 

Court Record, Page 24 — ist April, 1735 : Will exhibited. Benjamin 
Sedgewick, age 18 years, chose his mother Mary Sedgewick to be his 
guardian. Samuel Sedgewick, a grandson, age 15 years, chose his uncle 
Jonathan Sedgewick to be his guardian. (A son of Samuel Sedgewick 
deceased, who was a son of Capt. Sedgewick deed.) 

Page 30 — 14 July, 1735 : Jonathan Sedgewick moves this Court 
for a distribution of the estate. This Court appoint Moses Nash arid 
Martin Smith, of Hartford, distributors. 

Dist. File, 7 February, 1737-8: Estate of Capt. Samuel Sedgewick: 
To the widow Mary Sedgewick, to Samuel, Jr., deed, (his 5 children), 
to Ebenezer, to Abigail Sedgewick alias Kellogg, to Mary Sedgewick 



1732 TO 1737. ^ PROBATE RECORDS. 197 

alias Kellogg, to Elizabeth Sedgewick alias Orton, to Mercy Sedgewick 
alias Merrells. By Martin Smith and Moses Nash. 



Page 359. 

Shepherd, Deacon John, Hartford, Invt. £557-00-07. Taken 7 April, 
1736, by Benjamin Catling and John Skinner, Jr. Will dated ist August, 
1728. 

I, John Shepherd of Hartford, do make this my last will and testa- 
ment: I give to my wife, besides the joynture I gave her at marriage, 
20 loads of wood a year, yearly, during her naturall life or so long as 
she remaineth my widow, to be paid by my executors hereafter named. 
I give to the children of my son John Shepherd, late of Milford deed., 
£30, that is to say, to his eldest son John iio, and to his daughter Re- 
beckah £5, and to his daughter Abigail £5, and to his son Timothy £5, and 
to his daughter Hannah £5, to be paid by my executors hereafter named. 
I give to my son Samuel my lot called the wood lott, containing three 
acres ; and my swamp lott in the south meadow, containing two acres 
and a rood ; and also I give to my son Samuel the 1-2 of my tools. I give 
to my grandson John, the eldest son of my son Samuell Shepherd, my 
now dwelling house, shop, barn and orchard, and two acres of land at 
home, he paying £80 to his father, my executor, only the widow is to 
have her part of it during her life. I give to my son Joseph a piece of 
land called my lower lot, neare home, containing foure acres and a half; 
also I give to my son Joseph my lot at the Sands in the south meadow, 
containing 2 1-2 acres, and my tools. Also, I order my executors to pay 
to him £30. I give to the children of my daughter Hannah, besides what 
she formerly received, £15, that is to say, to her eldest daughter Jane £5, 
and to her son Charles £5, and to her daughter Hannah £5. Also, I give 
to Mehetabell £5. I give to my son Samuell Shepherd, after my just 
debts are paid and funerall charges discharged, all the rest of my move- 
able estate. And I likewise constitute, make and ordain my son, Sam- 
uell Shepherd, and Thomas Richards, to be my sole executors. 
Witness: Jonathan Butler, John Shepherd, ls. 

Thomas Burkett, Elizabeth Wyllys. 

Court Record, Page 46 — 6 April, 1736: Will now exhibited by 
Samuel Shepherd and Thomas Richards, executors. Proven. 

Page 45 — 6 April, 1736: John Shepherd of Milford, son of John 
Shepherd deed., appeals from the judgement of this Court in the appro- 
bation of this will of the sd. John Shepherd of Hartford deed., unto the 
Superior Court at Hartford, 2d Tuesday of September next. 



Invt. on File. Will on Page 275. 

Smith, Hannah, Widow, Glastonbury. Invt. taken December, 1734, 
by Samuel Gains and Gershom Smith. Will dated 17 September, 1731. 



198 PROBATE RECORDS. VOL. XII, 

I, Hannah Smith of Glastonbury, in the County of Hartford, do 
make and ordain this my last will and testament : I give unto my son 
Richard Smith my biggest brass kettle. I give unto my two sons, Jon- 
athan and Manoah, all my swine of what sort soever, to be equally divided 
betwixt them. I give unto my son Jeduthan Smith my little or least 
brass kettle and my warming pan, frying pan, little iron kettle, and my 
bell-metal morter and pestle. I give unto my son Jeduthan Smith, and 
his heirs and assigns forever, all my land or rights of land whatsoever in 
Middletown, in the aforesd. County of Hartford. I give unto my son 
Manoah Smith my middle brass kettle, my silver spoon, and my bay 
horse. I give unto my daughter-in-law, Dorothy Boardman, one of my 
trammels, and a pine chest that stands in my leanto, and also my iron 
porridge pot and my biggest iron kettle. I give unto my son Jeduthan 
Smith my feather bed which I lye on, with the bedstead, covering and 
all furniture belonging to the same. And as for all the rest of my estate 
whatsoever belonging unto me at my decease and not before herein 
mentioned, as cattle, pewter, iron ware, bees, or any other estate whatso- 
ever not before mentioned as aforesd., I give and bequeath the same unto 
my three sons, Richard, Jeduthan and Manoah, to be equally divided 
among them, share and share alike. And I do hereby appoint my two 
sons, Richard and Jeduthan, to be executors of this my last will. 

Witness : Samuel Gains, Hannah X Smith, ls. 

Abraham Kilhourn, John Lynn. 

Memorandum : That whereas, I have above given and bequeathed 
unto my son Richard Smith my great brass kettle, and to my son 
Jeduthan Smith my little or least brass kettle and my warming pan, fry- 
ing pan and little iron kettle, I do now make this alteration, that the sd. 
great brass kettle I bequeath it to my son Jeduthan, and I bequeath my 
little or least brass kettle and my sd. warming pan, frying pan and little 
iron kettle to my son Richard. 

Witness : Samuel Gains, Hannah X Smith, ls. 

Abraham Kilbourn, John Lynn. 

Court Record, Page 15 — 3 December, 1734: Will now exhibited by 
Jeduthan Smith, executor named in said will, who accepted the trust of 
being executor to sd. will, which being proven, was ordered recorded, etc. 



Smith, Hannah, Glastonbury. Court Record, Page 19 — 27 January, 
1734-5 • This Court grant Adms. on the estate of Hannah Smith, late of 
Glastonbury deceased, unto Francis Smith of Bolton, father of the de- 
ceased, who gave bond of £50 with Jonat: Olcot of Hartford, and took 
letters of Adms. 



1732 TO 1737. PROBATE RECORDS. • I99 

Page 344. 

Smith, Jacob, Haddam. Died 9th June, 1735. Invt. £153-19-08. 
Taken 5 August, 1735, by Joseph Arnold, Caleb Cone and Thomas 
Brooks. 

Court Record, Page 33 — 7 October, 1735: Adms. to Sarah Smith, 
widow. Recog, £200, with Thomas Brooks. 

Page 2 (Vol. XIV) 13 August, 1742: Eliphalet Smith, a minor, 9 
years of age, son of Jacob Smith: this Court do appoint Joseph Smith 
of Haddam to be his guardian. Recog., £200. 



Page 278. 

Smith, James, Haddam. Died 15 September, 1735. Invt. £40-19-06. 
Taken 3 December, 1734, by Joseph Arnold, Caleb Cone and Thomas 
Brooks. 

Court Record, Page 12 — 5 November, 1734-5 : Adms. granted to 
Abraham Brooks of Haddam. 

Page 34 — 4 November, 1735 : Abraham Brooks, Adms., exhibits an 
account of his Adms. Accepted. This Court appoint Abraham Brooks 
to be guardian to Susannah Smith, daughter of James Smith, late of Had- 
dam deceased, she being 9 years of age. Recog., £50. 



Inventory in Vol. XIII, Page 8-9. 

Smith, Rev. Joseph, Middletown. Invt. £1368-13-04. Taken 29 No- 
vember, 1736, by John Warner, Samuel Gipson and Samuel Stow. An 
invt. was taken of his books, which amounted to the sum of £43-07-10, 
by William Russell and Jabez Hamlin. 

Court Record, Page 53 — 28 December, 1736: Adms. granted to 
Esther Smith, widow, who recog. in £100 with Edward Bulkley of Weth- 
ersfield. 



Smith, Mary, Estate, Hartford. Court Record, Page 9 — 17 August, 
1734: Adms, to Nehemiah Smith, son of the deed. Recog., £150, with 
Benjamin Roberts. 



Page 237. 

Smith, Nathan, Wethersfield. Will dated 11 December, 1733: I, 
Nathan Smith of Wethersfield, being very sick but of sound memory, doe 
make this my last will and testament: I give to my honoured mother, 
Widow Hannah Smith, the use and improvement of all my estate, both 
reall and personal, during the term of her natural life, except £10, which 



200 ■ PROBATE RECORDS. VOL. XII, 

I will and bequeath to Sarah Norton as a token of my good will, to be 
paid to her by my executrix. I give to my two sisters, Hannah Smith and 
Abigail Grimes, all my lands and real estate which my father died seized 
of and descended to me, and which I have since possessed or otherwise 
whatsoever, to be equally divided between them, and to be possessed by 
them during life, and after their decease to the heirs of their bodies law- 
full}' begotten, and to their heirs and assigns forever, and to be the 
estate of the children of sd. Abigail in fee simple, to be not possessed till 
my mother's decease. Lastly, I do hereby constitute and ordain my hon- 
oured mother Hannah Smith to be sole executrix of this my will during 
the term of her natural life, and after her decease I appoint my sister 
Hannah Smith to be executrix instead of my sd. mother. 

Witness : Benjamin Strong, Nathan Smith, ls. 

Johtt Bishop, Samuel Hill. 

Court Record, Page i — ist April, 1734: Will proven. 

Page 49 — 3 August, 1736: Invt. exhibited and accepted by this 
Court. Hezekiah Grimes, in right of his wife, appeals from the judge- 
ment of this Court in accepting of the inventory, to the Superior Court, 
2d Tuesday of September next. 

Page 7 (Vol. Xni) 18 May, 1737: An account of Adms. on the 
estate of Nathan Smith was now exhibited in Court by Widow Hannah 
Smith, who was appointed sole executrix. Accepted, ordered recorded 
and kept on file. 



Page 310. 

Smith, Samuel, Kensington, tanner and cordwainer. Invt. £2124- 
03-00, lands and realty. Taken 27 May, 1735, by Thomas Curtis, Joseph 
Smith and Jonathan Lewis. Will dated 29 April, 1735. 

I, Samuel Smith of Kensington, do make my last will and testament : 
I give to my wife Sarah Smith, her heirs and assigns forever, 1-3 part of 
all my personal estate forever, and the use and improvement of 1-3 part 
of my real estate during her natural life. I give to my eldest son, Noah 
Smith, his heirs and assigns forever, all the land I bought of Deacon 
Thomas Hart and the land adjoyning thereto, which I bought of the heirs 
of Samuel Gridley ; and also the frame for a dwelling house standing 
thereupon ; and all my right and interest in the undivided land lying to 
the southward of the above-mentioned ; and also the use and improvement 
of 1-4 part of all my mowing lands, and 1-4 part of all the fruit of my 
orchards, for the space of 8 years next ensueing after the date hereof. 
And also I give him one yoke of my oxen, and all the money due to me 
from Jonathan Worthington of Springfield, and half the money due 
to me from Ebenezer Orvis of Farmingtown, and also all the bricks, 
boards and timber which I have prepared for his frame above mentioned. 
I give to my son Daniel Smith, his heirs and assigns forever, besides 
the money I paid to purchase that three acres of land which he hath a 



1732 TO 1737. PROBATE RECORDS. 20I 

deed of from Ens. Samuel Hart, (nigh to which his frame for a dwelHng 
house standeth), my tan house, and all my instruments and conveniences 
for tanning, and all my leather and instruments for a cordwainer, and 
so much of the southward part of my homelot as may, together with the 
three acres above mentioned, by an indifferent apprisement be reckoned 
of equall valine with the remainder of my sd. home lott and ye buildings 
thereon; and also 1-2 of all my right in the division of upland belonging 
to the great swamp in Farmington, except my i6-acre lot lying between 
land belonging to Hezekiah Hart and the heirs of Jonathan Hurlbut ; and 
also 1-2 of the money due to me from Ebenezer Orvis, and also all the 
bricks, boards and timber I have prepared for the frame last mentioned. 
I give to my youngest son Samuel Smith, his heirs and assigns forever, 
my dwelling house and barn and all the remainder of my homelott and 
of my right in the sd. division of upland belonging to the great swamp 
besides what I give to my son Daniel as is above expressed. And more- 
over my will is that if by my wife and my two eldest sons, or any two 
of them, it be thought best that my sd. son Samuel should be brought up 
to college learning, I do hereby impower them or any of them to sell so 
much of his estate, real or personal, as shall be needfull to obtain sd. 
learning, and to lay out the product thereof according to their discretion. 
All the rest of my estate, real and personal, I give to my three daughters, 
Eunice, Phebe and Sarah, to be equally divided among them. And pro- 
vided the whole hereof shall not by an indifferent apprisement amount 
to the value of 1-6 part of all that I have given to my three sons above 
mentioned, then my will is that my sd. sons shall in an equal proportion 
pay to my daughters (which shall be equally divided among them) so 
much as may, with the part of real and personal estate last mentioned, 
make all my daughters' portions together equal to 1-6 part of the total 
of all my sd. sons' portions reconed together. And moreover I do hereby 
appoint my wife above named and eldest son aforesd, executors to this 
my will. 

Witness : Isaac Norton, Samuel Smith, ls. 

Isaac Norton, Jr., Elizabeth Norton. 

Court Record, Page 28 — 3 June, 1735 : Will proven. This Court 
appoint Mrs. Sarah Smith to be guardian to her son Samuel Smith, age 
12 years. 

Page 8 (Vol. XIV) 6 July, 1742: Sarah Smith, widow and one of 
the executors, prays that distributors may be appointed by this Court to 
divide the real estate of the sd. deed, given to her and the sons of the sd. 
deed, by sd. will : Whereupon this Court appoints Isaac Daniels and 
Jonathan Lewis, of Farmington, distributors. 



Page 357. 

Spencer, John, Jr., Haddam. Died 26 April, 1735. Invt. £460-09-04. 
Taken 13 June, 1735, by Joseph Arnold, Benjamin Smith and Gideon 
Arnold. Will dated 7 February, 1734-5. 



202 PROBATE RECORDS. VOL. XII, 

I, John Spencer, Jr., of Haddam, do make this my last will and 
testament: I give to my wife Elizabeth the use of 1-3 part of all my 
real estate in buildings and land during life, and 3-4 part of all my per- 
sonal estate to her forever, except such things as I have otherwise dis- 
posed of or for the payment of debts, I give to my eldest son Jeremiah 
my dwelling house and homestead, viz., all the land which I have there 
adjoining, be it more or 4 acres, and my barn and part of that lott on 
which my sd. barn stands, and 2 acres and 1-2 of land given me by the 
proprietors of Haddam, and 8 acres of land formerly belonging to 
Nathaniel Spencer, late of Haddam deed., adjoining to sd. two acres 
and 1-2 of land. All which I give him in consideration that he pay to 
my daughter Deborah the sum of £2^ in money when she shall arrive 
at the age of 18 years. I give to my son James Spencer the remainder 
of that lott that the barn stands on, and 15 acres of land adjoining, abut- 
ting on a highway southerly and upon land of Joseph Clark. Also, I 
give to sd. James my largest chain. All which I give him in considera- 
tion that he pay to my daughter Deborah £5 in money within one year 
after his arriving at the age of 21 years. I give to my son Joseph 
Spencer 18 acres of land lying on the south side of the highway and near 
my dwelling house, butting north on the sd. highway, easterly on land 
formerly Nathaniel Bailey's, south on land of Benjamin Spencer; and 4 
acres more or less of land abutting north on land of Daniel Spencer, Jr., 
south on land of Daniel Clark, east on land of Jared Spencer, Jr., and 
west on land of Benjamin Spencer. Also, I give the sd. Joseph a draft 
chain. All which I give him in consideration that he pay to my daughter 
Deborah £5 within one year after he shall arrive at the age of 21 years. I 
give to my daughter Deborah Spencer, besides what I have herein ordered 
my three sons to pay her, 1-4 part of my personal estate, excepting the gunn 
and 2 chains and what shall be needful for paying my debts. I make my 
wife Elizabeth sole executrix. 

Witness : Daniel Hubbard, Jr., John Spencer, Jun., ls. 

Jeremiah Hubbard, Hez. Brainard. 

Court Record, Page 44 — 4 May, 1736: Will proven. 

Page 24 (Vol. XIV) 24 May, 1743: James Spencer, a minor son 
of John Spencer, chose Timothy Olcott of Bolton to be his guardian. 
Recog., i200. 



Page 331. 

Spencer, Jonathan, Haddam. Died 23 April, 1735. Invt. £227-06-01. 
Taken 22 May, 1735, by James Brainard, Joseph Arnold, Jr., and 
Abraham Brooks. 

I, Jonathan Spencer of Haddam, do make and ordain this my last 
will and testament : I give to my honoured mother out of my estate £20 
in money ; to my brother Timothy £4 in money ; to my three eldest sisters 
I give £4 to each in money ; to my brother Simeon I give 2-3 of the re- 



1732 TO 1737. PROBATE RECORDS. 203 

mainder of my estate as it shall be apprised. I give to my sister Elizabeth 
£4 in money. Lastly, I give all the remainder of my estate to my sister 
Martha. I appoint Thomas Brooks and Caleb Cone, Jr., both of Had- 
dam, to be the sole executors. 

Witness : Phineas Fiske, Jonathan Spencer, ls. 

Abraham Brooks, Joshua Cone. 

Court Record, Page 33 — 7 October, 1735: Will proven. 

Page 44 — 4 May, 1736: Thomas Brooks, executor, now moves for 
a distribution of the estate. This Court appoint James Haseltine, Hez- 
ekiah Brainard and Abraham Brooks to divide the real estate. 



Page 345. 

Standish, Thomas, Wethersfield. Died 3 September, 1735. Invt. 
£396-16-06. Taken 14 September, 1735, by Nathaniel Wright, Jonathan 
Goodrich and Samuel Hunn. 



Page 284. Invt. on Page 290. 

Steadman, John, Wethersfield. Invt. £6-15-00. Taken 22 January, 
1734-5, by Gershom Nott and Joseph Curtice. Testimony dated 9 April, 
1 73 1. Will nuncupative: He declared his will was that his estate after 
his decease should be divided equally between his two sons, Thomas and 
Samuel Steadman, his son Thomas being present. 

Witness : James Butler, 

Mehetabell Goodrich, Joseph Curtice. 

Court Record, Page 17 — 6 January, 1734-5: Will now exhibited. 
Proven. Adms. with the will annexed to Thomas Steadman, 

Page 20 — 4 February, 1734-5 : Thomas Steadman made complaint 
against Samuel Steadman for concealing some of the goods of the estate 
of John Steadman deed. 

Page 22 — 25 February, 1734-5: Samuel Steadman appeared and 
showed that he had none of the estate of John Steadman in his hands. 



Page 364. 

Stoddard, David, Wethersfield. Died 14 May, 1736. Invt. £711- 
00-05. Taken 10 July, 1736, by Thomas Deming, Gideon Goodrich and 
Ebenezer Wright. Will dated 12 May, 1736. 

I, David Stoddard of Stepney, in Wethersfield, do make this my last 
will and testament: I give to my wife Keziah 1-3 part of my moveable 
estate for her own, and the use and improvement of 1-3 part of my 
buildings and lands during her natural life. I give the remainder of my 
estate to be equally divided, both buildings, moveables and lands, among 



204 PROBATE RECORDS. VOL. XII, 

my children, both sons and daughters, viz., to David, Samuel, Stephen, 
John, Keziah and Jerusha, excepting to my son David I give lo acres of 
land on the east side of my homelott over and above his equal part with 
the rest of my children. Lastly, I appoint my beloved wife Keziah Stod- 
dard and Deacon David Goodrich to be executors. 
Witness : Josiah Churchill, David Stoddard, ls. 

Samuel B elding, Jr., Abraham Goodrich. 

Court Record, Page 48 — 6 July, 1726: Will proven. David Stod- 
dard, son of David Stoddard, made choice of his mother Keziah to be his 
guardian. Recog., £50. 

Page 24 (Vol. XIII) 7 March, 1737-8: Keziah Stoddard, age 15 
years, daughter of David Stoddard, chose her mother Keziah Stoddard 
to be her guardian. And this Court appoint Keziah to be guardian to 
Samuel Stoddard age 12 years, Jerusha 8, Stephen 5 years and John 2 
years of age, children of David Stoddard. Recog., £500. 

Page 45 (Vol. XV) i September, 1747: Keziah Stoddard, widow 
and executrix to the last will and testament of David Stoddard, late of 
Wethersfield deed., moved to this Court that her right of dowry in the 
real estate of the sd. deed, may be set out to her, together with the move- 
able estate ; and also that the estate remaining be divided to the heirs of sd. 
estate according to sd. will : Whereupon this Court appoint Deacon 
Benjamin Wright, Ebenezer Wright and Thomas Curtiss, of Wethers- 
field, to dist. and set out to the sd. widow 1-3 part of the moveable estate 
when the debts are taken out, to be her own forever, and 1-3 part of the 
lands and buildings to sd. widow for her improvement during life ; and 
also set out to David or his heirs and to Samuel, Stephen, John and 
Jerusha Stoddard, heirs to the sd. estate, their proportional part of sd. 
estate according to the sd. will, and make return of their doings to this 
Court. 

Page 123 — 3 April, 1750: Stephen Stoddard, a minor, 17 years of 
age, son of David Stoddard, chose his mother Keziah Stoddard to be his 
guardian. Recog., £600. 



Page 376. 

Stoughton, Sergt. Israel, Windsor. Invt. £2070-19-11. Taken 26 
October, 1736, by Peletiah Allyn, Samuel Stoughton and Jonathan Stiles. 
Will dated 20 June,, 1735. 

I, Israel Stoughton of Windsor, do make this my last will and testa- 
ment: I give to my wife Mary (her dower rights). I give to my only 
son Israel Stoughton lands I bought of the following persons, viz., from 
my sisters Elizabeth and Rebeckah Stoughton, Mr. Atherton Mather, 
Samuel Stoughton, John Bissell, John Hoskins and Timothy Hosford ; also 
land from my father Thomas Stoughton's estate, and the deeds on record 
which I had of the before mentioned persons; also i 1-2 acre of land 
bought of Jacob Gibbs, bounded east on the Great River, south on Eliakim 



1732 TO 1737. PROBATE RECORDS. 205 

Marshall, north on Winchell's lands, and west on Giles Elsworth's land 
which I sold him. Also, I give him a bond I have from Enock Phelps, 
with the condition thereof; also a yoke of oxen, a horse, with all my 
team tackling; also the still with the appurtenances thereof. And lastly, 
I give him an equal share with my daughters in my negro man Ceazer, 
to him and his heirs forever, he paying to my eight daughters, to Mary, 
to Elizabeth, to Hannah, to Rebeckah, to Sarah, to Lucie, to Jemima and 
to Abigail Stoughton the sum of £96 in the whole, they to be residuary 
legatees. I appoint my wife Mary and my son Israel Stoughton executors. 
Witness : John Gaylord, Israel Stoughton, ls. 

Samuel Stoughton, Timothy Loomis. 

Court Record, Page 52 — 2 November, 1736: Will proven. 

Page 59 (Vol. XIII) 17 January, 1739-40: Mary Stoughton, widow, 
moves this Court for a dist. of the residue of the estate to her 8 daugh- 
ters, to Mary, Elizabeth, Hannah, Rebeckah, Sarah, Lucie, Jemima, and 
to Abigail Stoughton. This Court appoint Capt. Peletiah Allyn, James 
Enno and Samuel Stoughton distributors. This Court appoint Mary 
Stoughton, widow, to be guardian to Jemima age 11 years and Abigail 
age 9 years, children of Israel Stoughton. Recog., £500. Sarah Stough- 
ton, age 15 years, and Lucie, 13, chose their mother Mary Stoughton to 
be their guardian. Recog., £300. 



Page 313. 

Stow, Samuel, Jr., Middletown. Invt. £543-07-11. Taken 14 May, 
1735, by John Sage, John Warner and Jonas Green. 

Court Record, Page 26 — 6 May, 1735 : Adms. to Ebenezer Sage. 
Recog., £2000, with Elisha Coleman of vVethersfield. 

Page 43—6 April, 1736: Account exhibited by Ebenezer Sage, 
Adms., and moves that a sufficiency of moveables be set out to the widow 
for her necessity. Set out £60-14-02 by order of the Court. 

Page 52 — 2 November, 1736: These may certify to all whom it doth 
concern : That we, the subscribers, being present at the sign post in the 
North Society in Middletown on the 23 day of June, 1736, did then see 
Ebenezer Sage of Middletown, administrator on the estate of Samuel 
Stow, late of Middletown deceased, set up at public vandue the house 
and so much of the land of sd. deed, as to make £104-19-10, with costs 
and charges : And the house and other buildings sold for £50 to Ebenezer 
White, the highest bidder, and the land belonging to sd. house was sold 
to sd. White for £60, he being the highest bidder. Charges of sale, 
£5-08-01. 

Signed : Charles Bulkley, 
John Sage, Jun : r. 

Page II (Vol. XVI) i January, 1750-1 : Submit Stow, 15 years of 
age, only daughter and sole heir to the estate of Samuel Stow, Jr., 
chose her father-in-law Lt. Joseph Savage of Middletown to be her 
guardian. Recog. £400. Certified to this Court by Thomas Johnson, J. P. 



2o6 PROBATE RECOIIDS. VOL. XII, 

Page 389. 

Taylor, Nathaniel, Windsor. Invt. £37-05-11. Taken 31 May, 1736, 
by John Boughers, Daniel Elsworth and Nathaniel Grant. 

Court Record, Page 45-46 — 19 Alay, 1736: Adms. to John Stiles, 
Jr. Recog., £300, with Enock Lyman of Tolland. This Court appoint 
Ruth Taylor, widow of Nathaniel Taylor, to be guardian to Margaret 
Taylor, age 11 years, and Keziah Taylor, age 81-2 years; and Stephen 
Taylor, age 18 years, chose John Stiles, Jun:r, of Windsor, to be his 
guardian. 

Page 49 — 3 August, 1736: John Stiles, Jun:r, now Adms., reports 
the estate insolvent. Daniel Bissell and Abraham Foster appointed com- 
missioners. 



Page 315. 

Thompson, Joseph, Farmington. Invt. £381-16-04. Taken 26 June, 
1735, by John Steele, John Newell and Nathaniel Newell. 

Court Record, Page 26 — 6 May 1735 : Adms, to Ezekiel Thompson, 
a brother of sd. deceased. 

Page 28 — 1st July, 1735 : Invt. exhibited. 

Page 54 — 4 January, 1736-7: Adms. account accepted. 



Page 305. 

Thompson, Thomas, Farmington. Invt. £1018-10-06. Taken 23 
April, 1735, by Isaac Cowles, William Porter and John Newell. Will 
dated 17 March, 1734-5. 

I, Thomas Thompson of Farmingtown, in the County of Hartford 
and Colony of Connecticut, in New England (son to Thomas Thompson 
deed.), being sick and weak in body but of sound mind and memory, do 
make this my last will and testament : I give unto Elizabeth, my wife, 
the use and improvement and profit of 1-3 part of my real estate during 
her natural life. And if my son Timothy do proceed to build a new 
house, for which I have prepared timber, my will then is that my wife 
shall have the use of 1-3 part of sd. building and as part of sd. thirds. 
My will is that she shall have the use of 1-3 part of my four-acre lott lying 
by the highway leading towards Symsbury, and 1-3 part of 4 acres of 
land which I have lying by the common land ; also I give to her my sd. 
wife, to be at her own dispose forever,, 1-3 part of all my personal estate, 
my debts being first paid. Unto my eldest son Timothy Thompson, and 
to his heirs forever, I give him of sd. estate in Farmington as foUoweth, 
viz., all my buildings and all my homelott, viz., that part by my house 
and that part by the river, and all the timber of all sorts which I have 
prepared towards the building of a new house ; also all my land lying 
within the common field ; also my 4-acre lott and my 5 acres of land above 



1732 TO 1737. PROBATE RECORDS. 207 

mentioned; also all my right of land which I have purchased in the 
fourth lottment in the first division of land lying west from the reserved 
land, containing about 52 acres,, laid out in the right of my father Thomas 
Thompson deed. ; also the 33rd lott in number in the division of land 
lying north from the reserved land on the west side of the river, contain- 
ing about 42 acres, laid out on my sd. father's right; also the 62nd lott 
in number in the division of land lying north from the reserved land on 
the east side of the river, containing about 15 acres, laid out on my sd. 
father's right; also I give unto my sd. son Timothy Thompson 1-3 part 
of my team of oxen and horses ; also 1-3 part of my team tackling and 
tools for husbandry business; also i gunn. My sd. wife to enjoy her 
right of improvement, use and profit of 1-3 part of my houseing and 
lands as above I have given her. And further, that the sd. Timothy shall 
have my loom and weaving gears, he to instruct my son Thomas Thomp- 
son in the art of weaving, provided that he the sd. Thomas inclines to 
learn that trade and will live with his brother untill he arrives at full 
age. Unto Thomas Thompson, his heirs and assigns forever, I give of 
real estate in Farmington as followeth, viz., the 15th lott of land in the 
division of land lying southward from the reserved land between the 
mountains, laid out on the right of my father Thomas Thompson deed., 
and it containeth about io8 acres; also all my right in the 21st lottment 
of land in the 2nd division of land lying west from the reserved land, 
containing about 53 acres, laid out on the right of my sd. father ; also 1-3 
part of my team of oxen and horses and 1-3 part of my team tackling, 
and my silver spoon ; also i gunn and a sword. Unto my aforenamed 
sons Timothy and Thomas Thompson I give all my right lying in 
common with the rest of the proprietors in the common and un- 
divided land in sd. Farmington. Unto my daughter Elizabeth Hart, 
besides what I have already given her, I give her 5 shillings, to be 
paid to her by my executor out of my personal estate. Unto my daughter 
Abigail Hart, besides what I have already given her, I give her 5 shil- 
lings. Unto my daughter Phebe Thompson, now living with me, I give 
her the sum of £50 money. Unto my granddaughter Abigail Hawley I 
give her the 23rd lot in number lying in the 4th division of land in Farm- 
ington, about 53 acres, laid out on my father's right. Unto my daughter 
Elizabeth Hart I give the 6ist lott in the 3rd division of land in Farming- 
ton, containing about 53 acres, which was laid out on my sd. father's 
right. Unto my daughter Abigail Hart I give the 35th lott in the 5th 
division of land, containing about 53 acres, laid out on my father's right. 
Unto my aforesd. daughter Phebe Thompson I give the 24th lott in the 
6th division of land, containing about 53 acres, laid out on my father's 
right. My will further is that my daughter Phebe shall have liberty to 
live in my now dwelling house, or in the sd. new house when built, so 
long as she continueth unmarried. And I do hereby constitute my son 
Timothy Thompson to be sole executor. 

Witness : Joseph Hooker, Thomas Thompson, ls. 

Timothy Hart, Esekiel Thompson. 

Court Record, Page 26 — 6 May, 1735 : Will proven. 



208 PROBATE RECORDS. VOL. XII, 

Page 307. 

Treat, Samuel, Wethersfield. Invt. £1507-16-03. Taken 27 April, 
I733> by Nathaniel Burnham, Benjamin Smith and D(avi)d Boardman. 

Court Record, Page 28^ — 3 June, 1735 : Adms. to Sarah Treat, 
widow. Recog., i6oo, with Nathaniel Burnham. Mrs. Sarah Treat to 
be guardian to her son Samuel Treat, age 11 years. Recog., iioo. 



Invt. in Vol. XIII, Page 69. 

Tuttle, Stephen, Farmington. Invt. £102-09-02. Taken 27 August, 
1735, by Josiah Hart and John Newell. 

Court Record, Page 31 — 5 August, 1735: Adms. granted to Sarah 
Tuttle, widow, who recog. with her father Nathaniel Stanly of Farming- 
ton (who is joyned as Adms.) and Samuel Pettebone the 2nd, of Sims- 
bury, 

Page 25 (Vol. XIII) 14 March, 1737-8: Invt. exhibited. 

Page 73 — 2 September, 1740: Nathaniel Stanly, Adms., exhibited an 
account of Adms., by which account it appears he has paid in debts and 
charges the sum of £24-13-05. Accepted. 

Page 10 (Vol. XV) ist April, 1746: An account of Adms. was now 
exhibited in Court by Nathaniel Stanly, Adms. Accepted. 



Page 327. 

Webster, Deacon Jonathan, Sen., Hartford. Invt. £533-02-04. Taken 
23 July, 1735, by James Ensign and Thomas Richards. Will dated 7 
April, 1732. 

The last will and testament of Jonathan Webster, Sen., of Hartford : 
I confirm to my wife all which before I have made over to her by an in- 
strument under my hand and signed by my own handwrighting. I give 
to my three daughters all my moveable estate (namely, Susannah Steele, 
Mary Brace and Mehetabell Bid well), to be equally divided between 
them. And also I give unto each of my before named daughters the sum 
of £10, to be paid unto them in money apiece by my executor within 12 
months after my decease. I give unto my son Benjamin all the land 
that I have within the south meadow. I confirm unto the heirs of my 
son Stephen deed, the land which I made over to him in his lifetime and 
to have at my decease. I give unto my son Jonathan my homelott, to- 
gether with the buildings standing thereupon, except the use of what I 
have given to my wife. And lastly I constitute and appoint my son 
Jonathan executor. 

Witness: John Marsh, Jonathan Webster, ls. 

Elisabeth X Marsh, John Marsh, Jr. 

Court Record, Page 31 — 5 August, 1735: The will proven. 



1732 TO 1737. 



PROBATE RECORDS. 



209 



Page 258. 

White, Hannah, Widow, Hebron. Invt. £109-00-02. Taken 26 Sep- 
tember, 1734, by Ebenezer Wilcox and David Porter. 

Court Record, Page 9 — 10 September, 1734: Hannah White, ex- 
ecutrix to the will of Ebenezer White, her husband deed., being deceased 
and not having made any account of what she had done, and there being 
a necessity of an administrator on the estates of Ebenezer White and his 
wife Hannah White deceased, the biggest creditor and nearest relations 
having refused to take Adms., this Court grant letters to Joseph Phelps 
of Hebron. Obadiah White, age 17 years, and Chene White, age 12 
years, children of Ebenezer White, chose Joseph Phelps to be their guar- 
dian. Certified : Nathaniel Foote, Justice of the Peace. 

Page 44 (Vol. XHI) 13 March, 1738-9: Joseph Phelps, who is 
Adms. of the estate of Hannah White, late relict of Ebenezer White, 
both of Hebron deceased, did on the nth day of March, 1735-6, exhibit 
his account of Adms. on sd. estate of Hannah White : Paid in debts and 
charges, £46-15-04; inventory, £103-00-00; subtracting £46-15-04, there 
remains £54-00-04 to be distributed as follows : 



To Obadiah White, 
To Ebenezer White, 
To Rebeckah White, 



£ s d 

15-06-08 

7-13-04 

7-13-04 



To Hannah White, 

To Chene White, 

To Mehetabell White, 



£ s d 
7-13-04 

7-13-04 
7-13-04 



Which is the whole of the moveable estate to be distributed to the 
children and the heirs of the sd. deceased. And this Court do appoint 
Nathaniel Phelps, Deacon Benjamin Skinner and David Porter, of sd. 
Hebron, distributors. 



Page 287. 

White, Jacob, Jr., Middletown. Invt. £581-14-10. Taken 12 July, 
1732, by Daniel White, Thomas Johnson and Samuel Shepherd. 

Court Record, Page 20 — 4 February, 1734-5 : Adms. granted to 
Martha White, widow. Recog., £300, with Samuel Shepherd of Middle- 
town. 

Page 43 — 6 April, 1736: Martha White, Adms., exhibited an account 
of her Adms., which was accepted. 

Page 4 (Vol. XHI) 29 March, 1737: Martha White now exhibited 
a further account of her Adms., which was also accepted. 



Page 259. 

Whittlesey, Ruth, Wethersfield. Invt. £128-00-10. Taken 11 June, 
1734, by Samuel Jones and William Tulley. In Wethersfield by James 
Francis and Caleb Andrews. 

Court Record, Page 8 — 6 August, 1734: Adms. to Jabez Whittlesey. 



210 PROBATE RECORDS. VOL. XII, 

Page 316. 

Williams, John, Middletown. Died 6 May, 1735. Invt. £323-11-02. 
Taken 23 May, 1735, by Solomon Adkins, Ephraim Adkins and Joseph 
Rockwell. Will dated ly February, 172 1-2. 

I, John Williams of Middletown, do make this my last will and 
testament: I give unto my wife Abigail £20 current money, to be paid 
out of moveable estate at inventory price. And also I give unto my 
wife the improvement of all my homestead and all the homelott from 
east to west highways, with all the buildings thereon, as dwelling house 
and barn and all the appurtenances thereon, the whole term of her 
natural life. I give unto my daughter Mary the one equal half of the 
Hunting Hill, so called and known, the quantity as pr record doth ap- 
pear; and also 1-2 of the meadow land which I bought of Sergt. Whit- 
more and John Gilbert, the quantity as pr record ; these two parcels of 
land to be equally divided between Mary and Martha. I give unto my 
daughter Martha the 1-2 of my Hunting Hill lot, so called, and also the 
1-2 of my meadow land which I bought of Sergt. Whitmore and John 
Gilbert; these two parcels to be equally divided between Martha and 
Mary. I give unto my daughter Dorothy my homestead whereon I now 
dwell, the land being butted on the highways easterly and westerly, and 
sideing by the Halls' land north and the Wards' land south, be the acres 
more or less, together with all the buildings and fences thereon, as dwell- 
ing house and barn, and all other my meadow land which I bought of my 
son-in-law Ambrose Clark; the whole of both these lotments of land and 
buildings abovesaid I give unto my daughter Dorothy. And as to my 
moveable estate, after my wife hath had £20 and my just debts and 
funerall charges are all paid, it is my will that what remaineth shall be 
equally divided between my three daughters, Mary, Martha and Dorothy, 
excepting one of my best feather beds with all the needful bedding and 
furniture to it, which I give unto my daughter Dorothy. And I do also 
give unto my three daughters above named my lotment of land on the 
east side the Great River, lately laid out, containing 68 acres, bounded 
as per record, with this promise, if I do not see cause to dispose thereof 
in my lifetime ; if not, to be equally divided between them. I appoint 
my wife Abigail, my daughters Martha and Dorothy, and my son-in-law 
Stephen Smith executors. 

Witness : Joseph Rockwell, John Williams, ls. 

Joseph Rockzvell, Jr., William Rockwell. 

Court Record, Page 28 — 3 June, 1735 : The last will of John Wil- 
liams, late of Middletown deceased, was now exhibited in Court by 
Stephen Smith, one of the executors, which will being proven, was 
ordered to be recorded. 

Page 31 — 26 August, 1735: Dorothy Warner, daughter to the de- 
ceased, being appointed an executrix, with her husband Samuel Warner 
now accepted the trust, and also brought in an addition of £10-14-00 to 
the inventory. 



1732 TO 1737. PROBATE RECORDS. 211 

Page 266. 

Wolcott, Oliver, Wethersfield. Invt. £41-13-00. Taken 21 Novem- 
ber, 1734, by Jonathan Belding, Elizur Goodrich and Nathaniel Stilman. 

Court Record, Page 12 — 8 November, 1734: Adms. granted to 
Samuel Wolcott. 

Page 15 — 13 November, 1734: Invt. exhibited. 



Page 261. 

Wolcott, Samuel, Wethersfield. Invt. £4400-12-03. Taken 18 No- 
vember, 1734, by Nathaniel Stilman, Elizur Goodrich and Jonathan 
Belding. Will dated 29 August, 1734. 

I, Samuel Wolcott of Wethersfield, do make and ordain this my 
last will and testament : I give to Abigail, my wife, all such and so much 
estate, goods and chattels which pertained unto her at the day of our 
intermarriage and which by virtue thereof hath been brought into my 
family (viz.) her proper portion which I received with or by her, to 
have and to hold sd. estate (both real and personal) to her and her heirs 
forever. I also give to my wife aforesd. 1-3 part of the residue of my 
moveable and personal estate herein nextly devised (that is to say), 1-3 
part of my household goods, quick or live stock, and utensils and im- 
plements of husbandry, to have and to hold the same to her and her 
heirs forever. I give and bequeath to my aforesd. wife the use and im- 
provement of 1-2 of my present mansion house wherein I now dwell, 
to be to her use during such time she shall survive as my widow, sole 
and unmarried againe, and also the improvement of 1-3 part of my real 
estate. I give unto my sons, Oliver, Samuel, Elisha and Josiah Wolcott, 
after the abovesd. bequest is made out and lawful debts by me con- 
tracted satisfied and paid, all the residue of my estate, both real and 
personal or mixt, to be equally divided amongst my sons, saving and ex- 
cepting my son Elisha, whose part and portion in. the premises is to be 
£60 less than an equal part in regard of his advancement in a trade, and 
saving and excepting my eldest son Oliver, whose portion is to be double 
the sd. share and part of ye aforesd. So have Oliver, Samuel, Elisha and 
Josiah Wolcott in such their respective portions, and to their heirs and 
assigns forever. Furthermore, my will is that the partition of the above 
divided premises to my sons be made by them or their guardians. I give 
to my aforesd. sons all the reversion and remainder of that estate, goods 
and chattels afore divided and bequeathed to my wife for and during 
the term of her natural life, to be divided amongst them at her decease, 
according to the rule and in proportion as above. I give to my two 
daughters, Abigail, the wife of Abraham Waterus, and Mehetabell, the 
wife of Jonathan Russell, £100 apiece, and to each of them in addition 
to what they have already received, to be paid either in money or out of 
the moveable part of my estate at inventory price, at the election of my 



212 . PROBATE RECORDS. VOL. XII, 

sons, to be borne and paid by them or their legal representatives. Lastly, 
I hereby constitute and appoint Oliver, my eldest son, sole executor. I 
entreat the Rev. William Burnham of Kensington and Mr. John Stilman 
of Wethersfield to oversee the execution of my will. 

Witness : William Burnham, Samuel Wolcott, ls. 

Amasa Adams, Abraham Harris. 

Court Record, Page ii — i September, 1734: Will proven. 



Page 261-2: An Agreement. 

To all people to whom these presents shall come: Abigail Wolcott 
of Wethersfield, in the County of Hartford and Colony of Connecticut, 
in Nev^ England, relict of Mr. Samuel Wolcott of Wethersfield aforesd., 
late deceased, sendeth greeting: 

Whereas, my late well-beloved husband, the sd. Samuel Wolcott, 
did in and by his last will and testament, bearing date the 29 of August, 
Anno. Dom. 1734 (which hath been proved and approved according to 
the direction of the law), give, devise and bequeath unto me the sd. Abi- 
gail Wolcott all such estate, goods and chattells as were mine at the 
day of my intermarriage with him, to be to my use and the use of my 
heirs forever; also 1-3 part of his household goods, quick and live stocks, 
and utensils and implements of husbandry, in like manner to me and my 
heirs, &c., forever; also the improvement of 1-2 of his mansion house 
and one-third of his real estate, &c., as is in sd. will more at large ex- 
pressed : 

Know ye therefore that I, the said Abigail Wolcott, in consideration 
of the severall divisions and bequests mentioned, do acknowledge that I 
am fully and entirely satisfied and contented, and do therefore remise 
and release to the children and heirs of my sd. husband, and to the ex- 
ecutor of the sd. last will and testament aforesd., all my right and title 
to the remainder of the estate of my sd. deceased husband, real and per- 
sonal, together with my dower or power of thirds therein, with all my 
claim therein or thereto, what is given me in sd. will only excepted, 
provided always, that the sd. executor, children and heirs do never here- 
after contradict or deny my in joying the severall above-mentioned leg- 
acies. In witness whereof I have hereunto set my hand and seal this first 
day of October, Anno. Dom. 1734. 

Witness : Joseph Andrezvs, Abigail Wolcott, ls. 

William Burnham. 

Page 12 — 8 November, 1734: Adms. to Samuel Wolcott with will 
annexed. Recog., £500, with John Stilman. 

Page 39 — 3 February, 1735-6: Samuel Wolcott now moves for a 
distribution of the estate of his late father, Capt. Samuel Wolcott. This 
Court appoint Capt. Thomas Curtice, Lt. Jonathan Belding and John 
Stilman to make a division. 



1732 TO 1737. PROBATE RECORDS. 213 

Page 40 — 9 February, 1735-6: Elisha Wolcott, age 18 years, chose 
John Stilman of Wethersfield to be his guardian. Josiah Wolcott, age 
15 years, chose Rev. Wilham Burnham of Kensington Parish to be his 
guardian. 

Page 256. 

Wood, James, Middletown. Invt. £29-08-04. Taken 23 July, 1734, 
by John Tiley and Seth Wetmore. 

Court Record, Page 8 — 2.2 July, 1734: James Wood, a transient 
person, late of Middletown deed. : Adms. to John Keith, sometime of 
Hartford, who gave bond of £100 with George Sutton of New London. 
Inventory exhibited. 



Page 271, 301. 

Wright, Sergt. Samuel. Died 12 October, 1734. Invt. £1845-12-10. 
Taken 12 November, 1734, by David Wright, Nathaniel Burnham and 
Jonathan Williams. Will dated 8 April, 1734. 

I, Samuel Wright of Wethersfield, in the County of Hartford, in 
Connecticut, in New England, do make and ordain this my last will and 
testament : I give to Samuel Wright, the eldest son of my son Samuel 
Wright lately deceased, the northeast part of my homelott, viz., 7 rods 
and a half in breadth and 7 in length, beginning at the street and bounded 
north on John Stilman's land, which dimensions take in the house and 
other buildings which his father possessed. This land and buildings I 
give to him and his heirs and assigns forever. I give to Moses Wright, 
the younger son of my sd. son Samuel Wright deed., the other part of 
my homelott from 7 rods and from the street, that is to say, from the 
west end of what I have given to his eldest brother Samuel Wright to 
the southwest corner of the homelott of Mr. Samuel Wolcott deceased, 
and to hold 9 rods in breadth for this length from what I gave his broth- 
er above to sd. Mr. Wolcot's rear, and then i rod and 1-2 in breadth up 
to the street by the side of his brother Samuel as above. I give to the 
sd. Moses Wright half my pasture which I purchased partly of Daniel 
Boardman and partly of Mr. Ephraim Woodbridge ; both these pieces to 
him and his heirs and assigns forever; of the pasture the eastern part 
or half. I give to my son Ebenezer Wright, besides what I have given 
by deeds of gift, one acre in Beaver Meadow, the west side of my land, 
these to be to him and his heirs and assigns forever. I give to my son 
Timothy Wright my dwelling house and other buildings pertaining to 
me, with part of my homelott, bounded east on the street, south by 
Thomas Boardman's land, west by lands on the homelott that a few 
years since pertained to Thomas Griswold deed., and north on the land 
I have of my homelott given to abovesd. Moses Wright, till we come 
to the west end of sd. land given to abovesd. Moses Wright, and then 



214 PROBATE RECORDS. VOL. XII, 

east on sd. Moses' land 9 rods till we come to sd. Mr. Wolcott's corner, 
so that this land given to my son Timothy contains the remaining part 
of my homelot. I give to my sd. son Timothy 1-2 of my pasture, viz., 
the western part thereof, the 1-2 of my land there which I purchased 
partly of Daniel Boardman and partly of Mr. Ephraim Woodbridge. 
I give to Timothy my son my four-acre lot in the Great Meadow of 
Wethersfield, bounded north on land of Lt. John Coleman, on a way east, 
and on a highway west, and south on land belonging to Mr. James Treat 
and Nathaniel Boardman. Also, I give to my son Timothy my back lot, 
all of it excepting i acre at the north end. These several pieces of land 
I give to him, his heirs and assigns forever, and the use of the lands 
given to Moses Wright till he arrive to the age of 21 years. I give the 
sd. Timothy the abovesd. land, he paying to my daughter Mary Stanly 
ijo in money or bills of publick credit, and £70 in such money to my 
daughter Abigaill Miller, within the space of i year after my decease. 
Also, to the children of my son Crafts Wright deed., viz., Cauly Wright 
and Martha Wright, to each of them i acre of land in Beaver Meadow, 
bounded west on land above given to Ebenezer Wright, east on land 
hereafter given to my daughter Mabel Belding, on a highway north, 
and on land of the heirs of Capt. Samuel Talcott south. To Stephen 
Wright, my son, I give the 1-2 of my 2-stone lott at or near the place 
so called, the east side of my land there, and my 3-acre lott in the Great 
Meadow. To my daughter Mabel Belding I give i acre of land in 
Beaver Meadow, on the side east on land of Daniel Wright, west on 
land given to the children of my son Crafts Wright, on a highway north, 
and on land belonging to the heirs of Capt. Samuel Talcott south, to be 
to her and her heirs forever. To my daughter Sarah Flowers and to 
Joseph Flowers, to them I give i acre of my back lot next to or adjoin- 
ing to what he purchased of either Josiah Buck or his father. I give 
to Abigail Wright, my wife, the use of 1-2 of my dwelling house, cellar 
and garden, and the use of 1-2 of my household goods, as pewter, brass 
and iron, during her continuance as my relict. Also, I give to my wife 
one cow and the pastureing and keeping winter and summer during the 
term above mentioned, which my son Timothy shall yearly provide. I 
give to my sd. wife the use of my 4-acre lot in the Great Meadow which 
I gave to my son Timothy, for her use during her continuing my relict. 
I also give my wife the use of five apple trees at the end of my lott next 
the cider mill. I give to my 4 daughters, Mabel Belding, Mary Stanly, 
Abigail Miller and Sarah Flowers, all my remaining moveable estate 
except such as I give to my son Timothy hereafter named, to be equally 
divided among them. I give to my son Timothy out of the moveables 
all my tackling, as cart, plows belonging thereto, and harrow, all my 
chains of plow and horse chains. Lastly, I desire and appoint my two 
sons, Ebenezer Wright and Timothy Wright, to be the executors of this 
my last will and testament. 

Witness : Jonathan Williams, Samuel Wright, ls. 

Thomas Fox, Elisha Griswold. 

Court Record, Page 12 — 5 November, 1734: Will proven. 



1732 TO 1737. PROBATE RECORDS. 2I5 

Page 365. 

Yeomans, Elisha, Tolland. Invt. £699-14-04. Taken 24 June, 1736, 
by John Lathrop,, Nathaniel Bery and Zebulon West. Will dated 19 
May, 1736. 

I, Elisha Yeomans of Tolland, do make and ordain this my last will 
and testament: My will is that my wife Mary Yeomans should have 
the use and improvement of my house, farm and all my estate, excepting 
my mother's interest in the same, her lifetime or during the time that 
she shall continue my widow ; and all my moveable estate, after my 
debts are paid as aforesd. (except two heifers which shall be hereafter 
mentioned) I give unto my sd. wife to be at her use and dispose forever. 
And my house and land I give unto my five children, to be unto them, 
their heirs and assigns forever, to be divided amongst them in manner 
and form as followeth : I give unto my eldest son, Daniel Yeomans, the 
1-2 of my land yt lyeth on the north side of the highway that runeth 
east by my house, and also my house, and two acres of land to be laid 
out in some convenient form about the house. I give these unto my 
eldest son, Daniel Yeomans, to him, his heirs and assigns forever. I give 
unto my son Jonathan Yeomans the 1-2 of my land that lyeth on the 
north side of the highway aforementioned, to be unto him, his heirs and 
assigns forever. My will is that all my land that lyeth on the south side 
of the aforementioned highway should be equally divided between my 
five children, viz., my two sons Daniel Yeomans and Jonathan Yeomans, 
and my three daughters, viz., Jerusha Yeomans, Mary Yeomans and 
Hannah Yeomans, to be to them, their heirs and assigns forever. I give 
unto my two daughters, Jerusha Yeomans and Mary Yeomans, the two 
heifers before mentioned, namely, two three-year-old heifers. Lastly, I 
constitute, ordain and appoint my well-beloved wife Mary Yeomans to 
be the sole executrix of this my last will and testament. 

Witness : Samuel Hare, Elisha Yeomans, ls. 

Samuel Eaton, Zehulon West. 

Court Record, Page 48 — 6 July, 1736: Will proven. 



PEOBATE EEOOEDS. 



VOLUME XIII. 



1737 to 1742. 



Page 223. 



Addams, Edward, Middletown. Invt. £317-12-06. Taken 11 June, 
1740, by George Hubbard, Daniel Starr and William Rockwell. 

Court Record, Page 71 — 5 August, 1740: Adms. granted to Mary 
Addams, the widow, who recog. in £300 with William Rockwell. 

Page 26 (Vol. XIV) 5 July, 1743: Mary Addams, Adms., ex- 
hibited an account of her Adms. : Paid in debts and charges the sum of 
£146-13-00, and credit received to the amount of £34-07-00. Which ac- 
count is accepted. This Court appoint Mary Addams to be guardian 
to her children, viz., Leah Addams, 10 years, Edward 7, Margaret 5, 
and Ebenezer 3 years of age, children of Edward Addams deceased. 

Page 50 (Vol. XVI) 12 December, 1751 : Edward Addams, a 
minor, age 16 years, son of Edward Addams, late of Durham deceased, 
made choice of William Rockwell to be his guardian. Recog., £500. 

Page no — 7 November, 1753: Mary Addams, alias Mary Arnold, 
Adms., haveing finished her account of Adms., which is accepted by the 
Court, now moves for a distribution of the estate. This Court so order: 
To Mary the relict, 1-3 part of the real estate for her use during life ; and 
to Edward Addams, eldest son, a double share of the remaining estate; 
and to Ebenezer, Leah and Alargaret Addams, the rest of the children, 
to each of them their single shares. And appoint Joseph Johnson, Return 
Meigs and Mr. James Ward, of Middletown, distributors. 



Page 283. 

Addams, Joseph, Simsbury. Died 26 March, 1741. Invt. £2577-03- 
04. Taken 17 April, 1741, by Joshua Holcomb, Joseph Case 2nd and 
Jonathan Cole. Will dated 7 December, 1736. 

I, Joseph Addams of Simsbury, in the County of Hartford, do make 
this my last will and testament: I give to my wife Mary 1-3 part of my 
now dwelling house and barn, and 1-3 part of my now improvable lands, 
during the time of her widowhood ; and also 1-4 part of my moveable 



1737 TO 1742. PROBATE RECORDS. 217 

estate forever. I give to my two sons, Joseph and Matthew, all my 
lands with all the buildings thereon contained, and the rest of my move- 
able estate, to be equally divided between them my two sons Joseph and 
Matthew. And further, I appoint my trusty friend James Case, with 
my wife Mary, to be executors. 

Witness: Benjamin Addams, Joseph Addams, ls. 

Martha Addams, Reuben Slater. 

Court Record, Page 88 — 5 May, 1741 : Will proven. 

Page 37 (Vol. XIV) 7 February, 1743-4: An account of Adms. 
was now exhibited in Court by the executors. They have paid in debts 
and charges £24-13-03, and credit received of £5-06-00. Account is al- 
lowed and ordered to be kept on file. The executors now move this 
Court for a dist. according to the will. This Court appoint Jonathan 
Case, Joseph Case and Josiah Holcomb, distributors. 



Page 128. 
Additional Inventory on Page 333. 

Allyn, Thomas, Windsor. Inventory taken 16 February, 1738-9, by 
Nathaniel Drake, John Palmer, Jr., and Timothy Loomis. 

Court Record, Page 44 — 13 March, 1738-9: Adms. to Elizabeth 
Allyn, widow, who recog. in £500 with Nathaniel Drake. 

Page 119 (Vol. XV) 6 March, 1749-50: An account of Adms. was 
now exhibited in Court by Elizabeth Allyn, widow and Adms., which 
account is accepted. And this Court order that the estate be dist., viz. : 

£ s d 
To Elizabeth Allyn, widow, her thirds, 113-17-10 

To Thomas Allyn, eldest son, 56-19-06 

To Theophilus, Jonah and Joseph Allyn, to each, 28-09-09 

To Elizabeth, Eunice and Azuba Allyn, to each, 28-09-09 

And appoint Deacon John Cook, Ensign John Palmer and Deacon 
Nathaniel Drake, of Windsor, distributors. 

Page 29 (Vol. XVI) 2 July, 1751 : Jonah Allyn, a minor, age 16 
years, son of Thomas Allyn of Windsor, chose his mother Elizabeth 
Allyn to be his guardian. Recog., £500. 

Page 20 (Vol. XVII) 26 March, 1754: Joseph Allyn, a minor, 16 
years of age, son of Thomas Allyn, chose his mother Elizabeth Allyn to 
be his guardian. And Theophilus Allyn of sd. Windsor acknowledged 
himself bound in a recog. of £500 money. 

Dist. File: 24 April, 1772: Distribution of Thomas Allyn his 
estate, viz. : To Elizabeth Allyn, widow ; to Jonas, to Thomas, to Joseph, 
to Azuba Warner, wife of Ely Warner, to Eunice Sheldon, wife of 
Epapharas Sheldon, to the Widow Elizabeth Birge, to the heirs of 
Theophilus Allyn. By Josiah Bissell, Phineas Wilson and Edward 
Moore, 



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Page 47. 

Andrews, Elijah, Hartford. Invt. £490-01-06. Taken 7 February, 
1737, by John Skinner and John Edwards in Hartford, and by Edward 
Cadwell and David Ensign in New Hartford. 

Court Record, Page 12 — 5 July, 1738-9: Adms. to John Cole, the 
widow desireing the same. Recog., f6oo, with Ozias Goodwin. 



Page 255. 

Andrews, John, Kensington. Died 16 June, 1740. Invt. £676-04-04. 
Taken 6 October, 1740,^ by Daniel Andrews, Thomas Deming and Elihu 
Dickinson. 

Court Record, Page 13 — 2 August, 1737: An addition to the invt. 
of the estate of John Andrews was now exhibited in Court by Joseph 
Andrews, which addition amounts to the sum of i8-02-ii, which invt. 
is accepted. 

Page 81 — 20 January, 1740-1 : This Court grant letters of Adms. 
to Mary Andrews, widow, and David Andrews^ son of the deed. 

Page 50 (Vol. XIV) 4 December, 1744: Mary Andrews, Adms., 
exhibited an account of her Adms., by which account it appears she has 
paid in debts and charges the sum of £59-16-04. Accepted. Abraham 
Andrews, a minor, 16 years of age,, son of John Andrews of Wethers- 
field, made choice of his brother Moses Andrews to be his guardian. 
Recog., £500. Esther Andrews, age 12 years, chose her mother Mary 
Andrews to be her guardian. Recog., £500. And the sd. Mary Andrews, 
Adms., moves this Court for a dist. of the moveable estate of the sd. de- 
ceased : 

£ s d 
The moveable part of the invt., ' 189-18-10 

Subtracting the debts and charges, 59-16-04 

There remains to be distributed, 130-03-06 

To the widow, 43-07-06 

To David, eldest son, 28-18-04 

To Mary, Moses, Abraham and Esther, children of the 

deceased, to each of them, 14-09-02 

And appoint Joseph Beckley, Isaac North and Benjamin Beckley, 
of Wethersfield, distributors. 



Page 277. 

Andrews, John, Hartford. Invt. £876-16-01. Taken 23 April, 1741, 
by William Day, Joseph Day and Timothy Andrews. Will dated 13 
March, 1741. 

I, John Andrews of Hartford, do make this my last will and testa- 
ment: I give to my wife Lydia the whole use of my estate during her 
natural life for her subsistence. I give to my two sons Silvanus and 



1737 TO 1742, PROBATE RECORDS. 2I9 

Ithamer all the lands belonging to me in Hartford aforesd,, and also my 
lands that belong to me in New Hartford, to be equally divided between 
them. I give to my wife Lydia all my moveable estate to dispose of as 
she shall think meet and to pay my just debts. And I appoint my wife 
Lydia to be executrix. 

Witness : Timothy Andrews, John Andrews, ls. 

Thomas Andrews, Jr., James Ensign. 

Court Record, Page 94 — 7 July, 1741 : Will exhibited in Court 
and proven, ordered recorded and filed. 

Page 63 (Vol. XIV) 3 September, 1745: Ithamer Andrus, age 16 
years, chose his uncle James Ensign to be his guardian. Recog., £400. 
Silvanus Andrews, age 20 years, chose his uncle William Bacor of 
Hartford to be his guardian. Recog., i200. 



Page 134. 

Arnold, Samuel, East Haddam. Invt. £441 -06-00. Taken 27 April, 
1739, by Joshua Brainard, Henry Chapman and Noadiah Brainard. Will 
dated 3 November, 1738. 

I, Samuel Arnold of East Haddam, husbandman, do make this my 
last will and testament: I give unto my beloved wife Abigail 1-3 part 
of my moveable estate (excepting my negro slaves), to her, her heirs 
and assigns forever, and also the use of 1-3 part of my lands, house, 
barn, orchard or other commodity appertaining to my sd. land, to use 
and improve during her natural life. I give to my son Samuel Arnold 
one lot of land lying in the 3rd division of land in East Haddam, 43 1-2 
acres more or less, north on the land of Sergt. Samuel Andrews, and 
east and west on highways or commons, and south on a highway, to 
him, his heirs and assigns forever, as his or their own proper inheritance 
in fee simple, and also my negro man servant named Prince, ye 5th 
son of my eldest man servant named Prince and of Cate his wife, and 
also my will is that the aforesaid servant shall at my decease be in the 
hands of my executors and by them to be put in the hands of my son 
Samuel if they shall judge it best for him to have the sd. servant; but 
if my sd. executors shall judge it best to sell the sd. servant and my sd, 
son to have ye money, then my will is that my executors shall sell my 
sd. servant in the following manner, viz. : to such suitable master as 
will give most for my sd. servant, and to pay £10 a year annually until 
the payment be out; and also my will is that my sd. son shall have the 
money according to the foregoing proposal of payment, provided my sd. 
servant shall not be sold to any master living out of this town; and also 
iioo to be paid to him by my two sons, viz., Josiah and John, and in the 
following manner, viz., that Josiah Arnold shall pay unto his brother 
Samuel Arnold £3 a year annually for the space of 20 years next after 
my decease, and John Arnold shall pay unto his brother Samuel Arnold 
40 shillings a year for the space of 20 years next after my decease. I 
give unto my son Joseph Arnold i lott of land in the fourth division of 



220 PROBATE RECORDS. VOL. XIII, 

land in East Haddam joining land of Sergt. Samuel Ackley, containing 
about 60 acres be it more or less ; and also 20 acres out of two lotts of 
land in the 5th and 8th divisions, to him and his heirs forever ; and also my 
negro man servant named Sampson. I give unto my son Enoch Arnold 
120 acres of land laid out to me in the 5th and 8th divisions, to him, his 
heirs and assigns in fee simple ; and also my negro man servant called 
Ceaser. And further, my will is that my son Enoch shall have his 120 
acres where it shall best suit him in the sd. two division lotts. I give to 
my son Josiah Arnold my dwelling house and homelott, with all the 
fences, orcharding, buildings or other appurtenances thereto belonging ; 
and also i small piece of land lying in the 6th division, containing about 
41-2 acres, lying west of the great highway ; and also the west half of 
a small lott lying in the 2nd division ; and also 4 negro servants, viz., my 
eldest man servant named Prince, and Gate his wife, and my man servant 
named Japhet and my woman servant named Rose. And further, my 
will is that my sd. son Josiah shall pay unto my son Samuel £3 a year for 
the space of 20 years after my decease, and also £5 a year for the space 
of 20 years annually after my decease to my daughter Mary Bates. I 
give to my son John Arnold i certain lott or tract of land lying partly 
on the hill called Bold Hill, being by estimation 40 acres be it more or 
less, and also the east half of a small lott lying in the 2nd division, to 
him and his heirs forever; and also my negro man servant named Peter. 
And further, my will is that my son John Arnold shall pay unto my son 
Samuel Arnold 40 shillings a year annually for the space of 20 years 
after my decease. I give to my daughter Mary Bates 6 1-2 acres of 
land butting west on Connecticut River, south on the land of Jabez 
Chapman, east on a ledge of rocks, being half a certain tract of land laid 
out to me in the 6th division of land in East Haddam ; and also iioo in 
money or bills of public credit, to be paid to her £5 a year annually, for 
the space of 20 years after my decease, by my son Josiah Arnold. I give 
unto my daughter Abigail Arnold 61-2 acres of land butting west on 
Connecticut River, south on land above given to Mary Bates, east on 
the great rock, and north on the commons, being 1-2 of a certain tract 
of land laid out to me in the 6th division of land in East Haddam. I 
give to my sd. daughter Abigail my negro maid servant named Lois. I 
give my right in the undivided land, also the rest of my moveable estate, 
to be equally divided among my children. I appoint Ensign Daniel Cone 
and Sergt. Bezeleel Brainard, both of East Haddam, executors. 

Witness : Noadiah Brainard, Samuel X Arnold, ls. 

Henry Chapman, Thomas Smith. 

Court Record, Page 49 — ist May, 1739: Will proven. The ex- 
ecutors refused the trust and were appointed Adms. with the will an- 
nexed. 

Page 57 — 4 December, 1739: The executors exhibit an account, 
which is accepted. 

Page 57 — 4 December, 1739: John Arnold, age 18 years, and 
Abigail Arnold, age 14 years, chose their mother to be their guardian. 
Recog., £400. 



1737 TO 1742. PROBATE RECORDS. 221 

Page 273-4. 

Arnold, Simon, Haddam. Died 9 May, 1741. Invt. £1077-04-06. 
Taken 26 May, 1741, by James Hazeltine, Thomas Brooks and Abraham 
Brooks. Will dated 24 April, 1741. 

I, Simon Arnold of Haddam, in the County of Hartford, do make 
this my last will and testament: I give to Hannah, my wife, 1-3 part of 
my dwelling house and barn and 1-3 part of all my lands, the use there- 
of so long as she continues my widow; and 1-3 part of all my moveable 
estate forever. I give to my son Joseph Arnold my dwelling house and 
barn and all my farm sd. house stands on, as it butts easterly on the 
Great River, southerly on land of Nathaniel Tyler, north on land that is 
or lately was John Schovel's, and south on the country road, containing 
by estimation 66 acres more or less, to sd. son Joseph, his heirs and 
assigns forever. And that 2-3 parts of my moveable estate shall be equal- 
ly divided to my three children, viz.^ Joseph, Hannah and Susannah. 
And further, it is my will that my two daughters, Hannah Arnold and 
Susannah Arnold, shall have a lottment of my land called the new 
pasture, lying by Roaring Brook, and what land I bought of the Bates's, 
viz., the 8th division lott set out to the original right of Mr. James Bates 
deceased (sd. 8th division lot should contain 32 acres in land more or 
less), both the two lotts as butted and bounded in the records, to be 
equally divided amongst my two daughters Hannah and Susannah. My 
son Joseph shall have my gun. I appoint my brother Joseph Arnold 
executor. 

Witness : Aaron Cleaveland, Clerk, Simon Arnold, ls. 

David Smith, Joseph Welles. 

Court Record, Page 95 — 21 July, 1741 : Will proven. 



Page 84. 

Bacon, Daniel, Middletown. Invt. £691-12-03. Taken 20 June, 1738, 
by Solomon Adkins, Nathaniel Bacon and Wm. Rockwell. 

Court Record, Page 30 — 27 June, 1738: Adms. to Hannah Bacon, 
widow. Recog., with Josiah Beardslie of Stratford. 

Page 50 — 5 June, 1739: Hannah Bacon, Adms., exhibits an account 
of her Adms. Accepted. 

Page 19 (Vol. XIV) 13 May, 1743: Hannah Bacon, alias Fair- 
child, Adms., having finished her account of Adms., moved for a distri- 
bution of the moveable part of the estate : Whereupon this Court ap- 
point Nathaniel Bacon, Benjamin Adkins and William Rockwell dis- 
tributors. Invt. on record with additions and £6-16-06 as per credit on 
the Adms. account, £669-13-09. The real estate subtracted, there re- 
mains £161-09-05. Debts and charges, with allowance for bringing up 
the children, £127-06-09, which being subtracted from the moveable part 
of the invt., there remains £44-02-08 to be distributed. This Court 



222 PROBATE RECORDS. VOL. XIII, 

order 1-3 part to Hannah Bacon, alias Fairchild, and the remainder to 
Mary and Hannah Bacon, minor children. 

Page 36 — 16 January, 1743-4: Report of the distributors accepted 
and filed. 



Page 212. 

Barnard, Joseph, Hartford, Will dated 30 December, 1737: I, Jo- 
seph Barnard of Hartford, do make this my last will and testament : I 
will that my loving wife Lydia have the use of my homelott I now live 
on, the lower room and chamber in the south end of my dwelling house, 
1-3 part of my cellar, the use of the oven as she may have occasion, and 
1-3 part of all my moveable estate after my debts are paid ; the move- 
ables for her own forever, the rest for her improvement during her 
natural life. And that my son Joseph pasture one cow for her during 
life. I give to my son Joseph Barnard all my lands, both in possession 
and reversion, divided and undivided, with all the rights, priviledges and 
appurtenances, to him, Joseph Barnard, and his heirs and assigns for- 
ever, he paying all my debts and the legacies hereafter given by me to his 
sisters, that is to say, to my daughter Lydia Barnard I give i200 in 
money. I give to my daughter Elizabeth King, besides what I have 
formerly given her, £50 money. I appoint my son Joseph Barnard sole 
executor. 

Witness : Joseph Talcott, Joseph Barnard, ls. 

John Wadsworth, Ichabod Wadsworth. 

Codicil, dated 25 January, 1739-40: I, Joseph Barnard of Hartford, 
now considering that my estate is much involved in debt, do order this 
codicil to my foregoing will, that is to say, that whereas in my will I 
did give unto my daughter Lydia £200, I now see cause to alter sd. 
legacy, and do will and declare that my daughter Lydia (now Goodwin) 
shall have and I do give her £40, and no more, besides what she hath 
already received, and that my executor shall pay unto sd. Lydia Good- 
win, in money or moveable estate at inventory price, £40 within 14 
months after my decease. And although in my will I did will that 
my daughter Elizabeth King shall have £50 paid to her out of my 
estate, I now see cause to alter sd. legacy, and do will and declare that 
my sd. daughter Elizabeth King shall have but £40 besides what she 
hath already had. 

Witness: Thomas Burr, Joseph Barnard, ls. 

John Wadsworth. 

Court Record, Page 76 — 24 November, 1740: Will exhibited by 
Joseph Barnard, executor. Proven. 



Bartlett, Robert, Estate, Hartford. Court Record, Page 32 — 26 
September, 1738: Adms. to Walter Henderson of Hartford. Recog., 
£2000 money. 



1737 TO 1742. PROBATE RECORDS. 223 

Page 285. 

Bartlett, Samuel, Jr., Bolton. Will dated 3 July, 1740: I, Samuel 
Bartlett, Jr., of Bolton, in the County of Hartford, do make this my 
last will and testament : I give to my wife Margaret Bartlett 1-2 of my 
estate during the term of her natural life, and then to descend to my daugh- 
ter Abigail Bartlett. In case of her death before the decease of my 
wife Margaret Bartlett, she shall have the whole of my estate, she paying 
my hond. mother, Sarah Bartlett, iioo in money or out of my estate 
at inventory price. The other half of my estate I give to my daughter 
Abigail Bartlett. I appoint Rev. James White, of Bolton, executor. 
Witness : John Bissell, Samuel Bartlett^ ls. 

Joseph Olmsted, Martha Olmsted. 

Court Record, Page 86 — 7 April, 1741 : Will now exhibited by the 
executor, who refused the trust. Adms. to Margaret Bartlett, widow, 
with the will annexed. Recog., with Theophilus Smith of Bolton. 

Page 90 — 2 June, 1741 : The Adms. reports the estate insolvent. 
Commissioners appointed, Capt. John Bissell, Jonathan Rennolds and 
Jonathan King, of Bolton. 



Beacraft, Thomas. Court Record, Page 58 — ist January, 1739-40: 
Jonathan Beacraft, age 14 years, son of Thomas Beacraft, late of Weth- 
ersfield deed., chose Josiah Griswold of Wethersfield to be his guar- 
dian. Recog., £100. 



Page 213, 227. 

Beauchamp, John, Hartford. Invt. £5835-08-09 1-4 (exclusive of 
debts due to the estate). Taken ist December, 1740, by John Potwine, 
J. Gilbert, Jr., and William Keith. Will dated 8 February, 1738-9. 

I, John Beauchamp of Hartford, do make this my last will and 
testament: I give to the children of my son John Beauchamp, in South 
Carolina, £5 in money to be equally divided between them, to be paid on 
demand. I give to my son Adam Beauchamp £100, to him and his heirs 
forever. I give to my granddaughter, Mary Sigourney, daughter to my 
daughter Mary Rauchon, £10, to be paid on demand. I give to my 
daughter Katharine Laitail, or her heirs, the sum of £450, to be paid 
£50 a year, to begin 12 months after my decease, and my executrix to 
give her a full discharge of all former debts and dues from her to me, 
as well for the rent of my house as all other contracts between me and 
her. And in case the sum aforesd. is not sufficient to maintain her, or 
after the expiration of the 9 years that she is to have £50 a year, should 
she stand in need of help, I order, and it is my will, that my daughter 
Mary Ann Lawrence should help her (in case she be in a capacity) to 
what she shall stand in need for her necessary support. I give to my 
son Isaac £400 (£100 a year, to begin 12 months after my decease), to 



224 PROBATE RECORDS. VOL. XIII, 

him and his heirs forever. I also discharge him from all debts due from 
him to me upon any matter of account whatsoever. I give to the French 
Church in Boston, to the use of the poor, £io, to be paid 12 months after 
my decease. I give to my granddaughter Margaret, daughter of my 
daughter Katharine Latail, all my household goods that are now in my 
house at Boston. And in case my sd. granddaughter Margaret should 
dye before she marry, then I give the above sd. household goods to my 
granddaughter Marianne, daughter to my daughter Mary Ann Law- 
rence. I give to my grandson John Lawrence all my wearing apparrell 
of what kind, sort or denomination whatsoever. To my daughter Mar- 
garet Chenevard I give £1500, to her and her heirs and assigns forever, 
she allowing what she shall be in my debt at my decease to be a part 
thereof. To my daughter Susannah Beauchamp I give £1000, giving my 
executrix Mary Ann Lawrence the liberty, if she see cause, to add £500 
more to make her equal with her sister Margaret Chenevard, to her the 
sd. Susannah and her heirs forever. I give to my daughter Marianne 
Lawrence all the remainder of my estate, both real and personal, where- 
soever the same may be, to be to her and her heirs and assigns forever. 
And I do hereby appoint the sd. Marianne Lawrence to be my sole ex- 
ecutrix to this my last will and testament. 

Witness: Abraham Foster, Daniel Skinner, John Beauchamp, ls. 
Joshua Matson, Samuel Filley. 

Court Record, Page 76 — 24 November, 1740: Will proven. 



Page 324. 

Belding, Mary, Wethersfield. Will dated 10 March, 1735-6: I, Mary 
Belding, widow of Deacon Jonathan Belding of Wethersfield, do make and 
ordain this to be my last will and testament: As touching such worldly 
estate as it hath pleased God to bless me with, I give and bequeath the whole 
of it (reserving only so much as shall be sufficient to bear my funeral 
expenses and to pay all my just and lawfull debts) to my two daughters, 
viz., Mary, the wife of David Wright, and Elizabeth, the wife of Ezra 
Belding. I say the whole of my worldly estate, whether it lies in money, 
debts, household goods, creatures, clothes, and whatsoever thing else it 
consists in, my will is that it be equally divided by my executors to my 
sd. daughters, to be to them, their heirs and assigns forever. And I 
constitute, make and ordain my sons-in-law, David Wright and Ezra 
Belding, executors. 

Witness : Elisha Micks, Mary Belding, ls. 

Thomas Belding, Mary Belding. 

Court Record, Page 105 — 5 January, 1741-2: The last will and 
testament of Widow Mary Belding, late of Wethersfield deed., relict 
of Jonathan Belding, was now exhibited in Court by David Wright, 
one of the executors. Proven. 



1737 TO 1742. PROBATE RECORDS. 225 

Will on File. Agreement on Page 317. 

Belding, Mary, Wethersfield. Will dated 12 March, 1740: I, Mary 
Belding of Wethersfield, being very sick and weake, doe make this my 
last will and testament : Imprimis : I give and bequeath to my three 
daughters, Sarah Burnham, Mary Boardman and Esther Wolcott, all 
my moveable estate to be equally divided between them (excepting one 
sorrill mare which was of the estate of my brother John Meakings, which 
I give to my daughter Mary Boardman). And also all my land I give 
to my 6 children, Joseph Belding, Thomas Belding, Amos Belding, and 
the sd. daughters, Sarah Burnham, Mary Boardman and Esther Wolcott, 
to be equally divided between them all (excepting one small woodlott in 
the bounds of East Hartford, which I give to my cousin Aaron Burn- 
ham, son to my daughter Sarah). And my will is that my three daugh- 
ters shall pay all my debts and all charges that shall arise upon my sisters. 
And my will further is, that my son Amos Belding shall have liberty to 
pay for them creatures of mine which are in his custody. I make my 
daughter Mary Boardman sole executrix. 

Witness : Jonathan Belding, Mary X Belding. 

Ephraim Willard, Stephen Russell. 

Will exhibited in Court, 8 April, 1740, and proven. 

AN AGREEMENT. 

We, the subscribers, being the only heirs of the widow Mary Beld- 
ing, late of Wethersfield deed., who by her last will and testament gave 
and bequeathed unto us her children (viz) all her land (excepting one 
small woodlott in the bounds of East Hartford), to be equally distributed 
among us all, and all her moveable estate to be equally divided among her 
three daughters: We, the sd. three daughters, viz., Sarah Burnham, 
Mary Boardman and Esther Wolcott, have received our full part of the 
moveable estate of our mother aforesd. of Joseph Belding and Mary 
Boardman, Adms. with the will annexed, and have also all of us agreed 
and are fully satisfied with ye division of her land in manner and form 
following : That is to say, the two acres of land in the Mile Meadow into 
six equal parts, Amos Belding on the north side, Thomas Belding next 
south, Sarah Burnham next south, Mary Boardman next south, Joseph 
Belding next south, and Esther Wolcott last south. And ye upland at 
East Hartford to be likewise equally divided, Joseph Belding lying on 
the west side, Thomas Belding, Amos Belding, Sarah Burnham, Mary 
Boardman and Esther Wolcott all lying successively eastward from ye sd. 
Joseph. And also the lott in the Meadow at East Hartford to be also 
equally divided, Joseph Belding first lying on the south side, Amos Beld- 
ing, Mary Boardman, Thomas Belding, Sarah Burnham and Esther 
Wolcott lying successively northward from Joseph, the first south in the 
order above written. And upon the Honourable Court's acceptance and 
confirmation of the same, we shall acknowledge ourselves fully satisfied 
and shall forever quit and discharge ourselves from any further demands 



226 PROBATE RECORDS. VOL. XI 11, 



upon the sd. estate of the Adms. aforesd. whatsoever. In witness hereof 
we have set to our hands this 4th day of August, 1740. 

Richard Burnham, 2nd, 
Joshua Wolcott, 
Amos Belding, 
Joseph Boardman, 

Joseph Belding. 
Witness : Jonathan Belding, 

Jonathan Boardman. 



Sarah Burnham, 
Esther Wolcott, 
Thomas Belding, 
Mary Boardman, 



Page 119-20. 



Belding, Samuel, Sen., Wethersfield. Died 27 December, 1738. 
Invt. £381-16-01. Taken 25 January, 1739, by Josiah Churchill, Ebenezer 
Wright and Ichabod Welles. Will dated 25 December, 1738. 

I, Samuel Belding, Sen., of Wethersfield, do make this my last 
will and testament: I give unto Hannah, my wife, the use of all my 
personal or moveable estate during the time of her natural life or widow- 
hood, and at my wife's decease or marriage I give my son Matthew 20 
shillings and no more, and the remaining part of my moneys, goods or 
chattels I give to the rest of my children to be equally divided among 
them, or to their heirs. And further, as an addition to my son Samuel 
and to my son Daniel, I give to each of them and to their heirs all my 
right and title in or to the commons or undivided lands in Wethersfield 
or elsewhere. 

And my will is that my wife and my son Daniel be my executors. 

Witness : Josiah Churchill, Samuel Belding, ls. 

John Crane, Jr., Ichabod Welles. 

Court Record, Page 40 — 2 February, 1738-9 : Will proven. 
Recorded: Samuel Curtiss (l. s.) 



Invt. in Vol. XIV, Page 34-5-6-7-104. 

Belding, Silas, Wethersfield. Invt. £2248-08-10. Taken 2 October, 

1741, by Jonathan Robbins, Jonathan Belding and Josiah Smith. An 
invt. of real and personal estate in Caanan, £2452-09-11, taken 23 
September, 1741, by Josiah Walker, Augustin Bryan and Andrew 
Stevens. An addition to the invt. taken loth May, 1742, and also a 
further addition of £175, taken at Wethersfield on the 19th day of May, 

1742, by the above-named apprisers, Jonathan Belding, Josiah Smith and 
Jonathan Robbins. 

Court Record, Page 98 — 21 December, 1741 : Adms. granted to 
Abigail Belding, widow, who gave bonds, with Jonathan Belding of 
Wethersfield, of £600. 

Page 102 — ist December, 1741 : Joshua Belding, a minor, age 16 
years, son of Silas Belding, chose his mother Abigail Belding to be his 



1737 TO 1742, PROBATE RECORDS. 227 

guardian. And this Court appoint her guardian to Charles Belding, age 
13 years, OHver 9 years, Jonathan 4 years, and Lydia 11 years, all chil- 
dren of the sd, Silas Belding deed. Recog., £3600. 

Page 39 (Probate Side, Vol. XIV) : Agreement, dated 19 May, 
1742 : Know all men by these presents : That we, Abigail Belding of 
Caanan, in the County of Hartford, in the Colony of Connecticut, in 
New England, widow and relict of Silas Belding, late of Wethersfield, 
in sd. County, for myself and as I am a guardian to Joshua Belding, 
Charles Belding, Oliver Belding, Jonathan Belding and Lydia Belding, 
minor children of the sd. deceased, and Silas Belding of sd. Caanan 
and Abigail Belding, eldest son and daughter of the sd. deceased, do for 
ourselves and heirs forever make the following agreement for the settle- 
ment of the real estate of the sd. deceased: First: We agree that Silas 
Belding, eldest son of the sd. deceased, shall have his double portion 
and part in sd. real estate of the sd. deceased, which is or shall fall to 
the estate of the sd. deceased, wherever it may fall, and that the rest of 
the above-named children of the sd. deceased shall each of them have 
their single share, that is, 1-2 so much as Silas Belding, their abovesd. 
elder brother. And that it is and shall be in the power of our elder 
brother Silas to sell and dispose of the homelott of the deceased in Weth- 
ersfield, containing about 3 acres of land, together with all the buildings 
and appurtenances thereunto, which sd. lands and buildings was prised 
at £900, and that if it amount to more than a double portion of the real 
estate of the sd. deceased, then he the sd, Silas Belding shall and is 
hereby obliged to refund and pay back the over-plus to the rest of the 
children, and then sd. homelott in Wethersfield is and shall be accounted 
for him our brother Silas and his heirs forever, except the over-plus of 
his part, if any there be, and the widow's dowry in sd. homelott. And 
that by virtue of these presents it shall be in the power of any one of the 
heirs of the sd. deceased to apply themselves to any proper Judge of 
Probates to appoint freeholders to cut off and make division and par- 
tition of any of the lands and real estate of the sd. deceased to such heir 
or heirs together or respectively as shall then be thought most proper. 
And that I, the sd. Silas Belding, for myself and heirs, do by these pres- 
ents forever quitclaim of all the real estate of the sd. deceased to my 
aforesd. brethren and sisters, except my double share and part of the 
estate of our father Silas Belding, and that the remainder, exclusive of 
my double share, shall be to my sd. brothers and sisters and at their dis- 
pose forever. In witness whereof, and in full confirmation of the fore- 
going agreement, we, the subscribers, have hereunto set our hands and 
seals in Hartford before the Court of Probate this 19th day of May, in 
the 15th year of His Majestie's Reign, George the 2nd, King of Great 
Britain, &c., Anno. Dom. 1742. 

Silas Belding, ls. 

Abigail Belding, ls. Abigail X Belding, ls., and as guardian 
to the several minors in this instrument above named. 

Court Record, Page 5 — 19 May, 1742: An agreement was exhibited 
in Court and accepted. 



228 PROBATE RECORDS. VOL. XHI, 

Page 24 — 24 May, 1743: An account of Adms. on the estate of 
Silas Belding, late of Caanan, formerly of Wethersfield deed., was now 
exhibited in Court by Abigail Belding, Adms. Accepted. 



Invt. in Vol. XIV, Page 28. 

Bement, Samuel, Simsbury. Died September, 1741. Invt. ^773-05- 
02. Taken 1741, by Joshua Holcomb, Reuben Slater and James Case. 

Court Record, Page in — 6 March, 1741-2: Adms. granted to 
Samuel Bement of Simsbury. Recog., iiooo, with Aaron Cooke of 
Hartford. 

Page 38 (Vol. XV) 5 May, 1747: William Enos, Jr., of Simsbury, 
showing to this Court that he hath purchased the homelott and build- 
ings of Samuel Bemon, of Simsbury, in Scotland Parish, deed., of 
Roberts & Moses, who purchased of the heirs of the sd. deed., and 
prays this Court to appoint freeholders to set out to the widow of the 
deed, her right of dowry in the sd. homelott and buildings, as he may 
improve separate from sd. widow: Whereupon this Court appoint James 
Case, William Case and John Case, of Simsbury, to set out to the sd. 
Margaret Bemon, widow of the deceased, 1-3 part of homelott and 
buildings for her improvement during life. 

Page 69 (Vol. XVI) 18 July, 1752: Margaret Beman, the relict of 
Samuel Beman, late of Scotland, in Simsbury, in the County of Hart- 
ford, deceased, now moves to this Court that her right of dowry be set 
out to her: Whereupon this Court appoint Stephen Goodwin, William 
Manly and Samuel Foot, of Simsbury, to set out to said Margaret Beman 
by bounds and monuments one-third of the lands and real estate of the 
said deceased for her improvement during life. 



Page 14. 

Bird, Sarah, Farmington. Will dated 29 March, 1737: I, Sarah 
Bird of Farmingtown, widow, do make this my last will and testament: 
I give to Thomas Day, my grandchild, a note given me by Jonathan 
Arnold, allowing the sd. Arnold 4 years time to pay what is due upon it ; 
also my old Bible and all my debts remaining after the payment of my 
own debts. To my grandchild Sarah Day I give my bed with the fur- 
niture belonging to it, and a new Bible and a trunk. To my grandchild 
Eunice Day I give a chest with drawers. To my grandchild Mary Day 
I give a chest and a glass bottle and a little box. To my three grand- 
children, Sarah, Eunice and Mary above named, I give a brass kettle, 
an iron kettle, my linen (namely, two towels, 2 napkins, i table cloth and 
3 pillowbeers), 2 jugs, a chamber pot, my books not already given, and all 
my clothing, to be equally divided among them ; also i towel, a pot and a 
dish. To my daughter Hannah Bird I give a muff and a brush and a 
lute-string. And I appoint my son Jonathan Bird sole executor. 
Witness : Samuel Whitman, Sarah X Bird, ls. 

Stephen Sedgewick, Nathaniel Thompson. 



1737 TO 1742. PROBATE RECORDS. 229 

Court Record, Page 7 — 3 May, 1737: The last will and testament 
of Sarah Bird of Farmingtown was now proven. 

Page 13 — 21 July, 1737: This Court grant letters of Adms. on the 
estate of Sarah Bird, widow, late of Farmingtown deed., with the will 
annexed, unto Richard Seymour. 



Page 52. 

Birge, Daniel, Hebron. Invt. £556-16-08. Taken by Samuel Wat- 
ters and Benjamin Taylor. Signed by Simon Baxter as witness that 
the appraisers had taken the oath. 

Court Record, Page 17 — 6 December, 1737: Adms. to Rebeckah 
Birge, widow. Recog., £300, with Simon Baxter of Hebron. 

Page 43 — 6 March, 1738-9: The Adms. may, with Jonathan Root, 
sell land (£44-05-08 in value) by advice of Capt. Nathaniel Phelps, 
Joseph Phelps and Deacon Benjamin Loomis of Hebron. 

Dist. File : 1761 : Estate of Daniel Birge : To Rebeckah, the relict, 
to Daniel Birge, to Jonathan Birge, to Rebeckah Burroughs a daugh- 
ter, to Sarah Taylor, to Deborah Haldrige, to the heirs of Eleanor How- 
ard, to Lydia Root. By Israel Root, Daniel Foot and Joel Jones, dis- 
tributors. 



Page 1 21-2. 

Bissell, Cornet Daniel, Windsor. Invt. taken 5 February, 1738-9, 
by Samuel Strong, Ebenezer Heydon and Roger Newbery. Will dated 
25 November, 1738. 

I, Daniel Bissell of Windsor, do make this my last will and testa- 
ment: I give to my wife Elizabeth Bissell the use of one-third part 
of my real improveable estate during widowhood. Also, one-quarter 
part of my moveable estate, excepting her proportion of what I shall give 
more to my daughter Anne than one-quarter part of my moveable estate. 
I give unto my son Daniel Bissell all my right and proportion in the 
land called the equivalent land at Windsor, and also 31-2 acres of land 
at Bissell's farm, lying on the west side of Pine Meadow, and also one 
full half of all my remaining undisposed-of-lands, wheresoever and how- 
soever the same is butted and bounded, excepting ye lands I shall here- 
after give to my daughters and brother Jeremiah Bissell. I give unto 
my son Ezekiell Bissell one full half of all my undisposed-of lands ex- 
cepting what is above especially given to my son Daniel Bissell and 
shall hereafter give to my brother Jeremiah Bissell and to my daughters. 
I give to my daughter Margaret Levet and to her heirs 1-4 part of my 
moveable estate, only excepting out of her 1-4 part so much as to allow 
her proportion of the £5 I shall hereafter give to my daughter Anne. 
But it is to be understood that what my daughter Margaret hath al- 
ready had is to be accounted as part of her portion. I give to my 
daughter Mary Bissell 1-4 part of my moveable estate, only except- 



230 PROBATE RECORDS. VOL. XIII, 

ing out of her 1-4 part so much as to allow her proportion of the £5 I 
shall hereafter give to my daughter Anne. I give unto my daugh- 
ter Anne Bissell 1-4 part of my moveable estate, and also £5 thereof 
vv^hich I have above excepted and provided for her more than her sisters. 
I give unto my daughters, Margaret Levet, Mary Bissell and Anne 
Bissell, and their heirs and assigns forever, 150 acres of land lying on 
the east side of the Great River on the east part of the three-mile lott 
which was Father Bissell's, to be to my daught*irs in equal proportion, 
only they paying in equal shares to my son Daniel Bissell £5 money. I 
give unto my brother Jeremiah Bissell my right in the i 1-2-mile division 
of the commons that came from my brother Samuel Bissell's estate to 
me. I hereby appoint my two sons Daniel Bissell and Ezekiel Bissell 
executors. I would further signify to my son Ezekiel that my desire 
is that he would show himself kind to my wife and my two younger 
daughters with respect to household, and give them kind entertainment 
or allowance to be with him under his ruif, till God in his providence 
shall otherwise provide for them. 

Witness : Henry Allyn, Daniel Bissell, ls. 

Benjamin Bissell, Miriam Bissell. 

Court Record, Page 40 — 6 February, 1738-9: Will proven. 



Page 49. 

Bissell, John, Windsor. Invt. £332-14-06. Taken 29 August, 1737, 
by Job Elsworth, Joseph Harper and Ebenezer Watson, Jr. 

Court Record, Page 15 — 6 September, 1737: Adms. to Hannah 
Bissell, widow. Recog., £500, with Jeremiah Bissell of Windsor. 

Page 39 (Vol. XVI) 5 November, 1751 : Hezekiah Bissell, a minor, 
14 years of age, son of John Bissell, late of Windsor deed., made choice 
of his father-in-law Jonathan Bartlett of Windsor to be his guardian. 
Recog., £600. 

Blackbourn, Samuel. Court Record, Page 87 — 20 April, 1747 : This 
Court grant Adms. on the estate of Samuel Blackbourn, late of Canaan, 
a transient person deceased, unto Richard Seymour of sd. Canaan, who 
gave bond with Stebbin Wilson of Hartford for £50. 



Page 91. 

Blake, Richard, Middletown. Invt. £809-14-03. Taken 7 August, 
1738, by Francis Whitmore, Jacob Cornwall and William Rockwell. 

Court Record, Page 7 — 10 May, 1737: Adms. to Abigail Blake, 
widow. Recog., £300, with William Whitmore of Middletown. 

P^ge 3 (Vol. XV) 7 January, 1745-6: Hannah Blake, a minor, 15 
years of age, daughter of Richard Blake, chose William Rockwell to be 
her guardian, Recog., £500. 



1737 TO 1742. PROBATE RECORDS. 23 1 

Page 46 — 6 October, 1747: Abigail Blake, a minor, chose her 
uncle Stephen Blake to be her guardian. Recog., £500. 

Page 47 — 29 September, 1747: Elizabeth Blake, a minor, 11 years, 
chose Jonas Green of Middletown to be her guardian. Recog., £300. 

Page 30 (Vol. XVI) 2 July, 1751 : Abigail Green, alias Blake, the 
relict of Capt. Richard Blake, now moves to this Court for a dist. of 
the estate : To Abigail Green, alias Blake, her 1-3 part in moveables, 
£204-08-11. And to Hannah, Abigail and Elizabeth Blake their equal 
shares. And also set out to Abigail Green one-third part of the real 
estate for her improvement during life. And this Court order set 
out to the abovesd. heirs, Hannah, Abigail and Elizabeth Blake, chil- 
dren of the sd. deed., their part fallen to them in the dist. of the estate 
of their uncle Freelove Blake. And appoint Joseph Southmaid, Esq., 
Jonathan Allin and James Wood, distributors. 



Blynn, John. Court Record, Page 38 — 2 January, 1738-9: John 
Blynn, age 14 years, son of John Blynn, late of Wethersfield, chose 
Thomas Harris of Wethersfield to be his guardian. Recog., £200. 



Inventory on File. 



Boardman, Abia, Wethersfield. Invt. £130-19-08. Taken by Jacob 
Goodrich, Timothy Baxter and Benjamin Stilman. 

Court Record, Page 84 — 9 March, 1 740-1 : Adms. granted to 
Thomas Boardman, Jr., and Thomas Fox. Recog., £200, with Jacob 
Goodrich. 

Page 105 — 5 January, 1741-2: Thomas Boardman, Adms., ex- 
hibited an account of his Adms. Accepted. This Court order the estate 
dist, viz., to the heirs of Isaac Boardman, to heirs of Samuel Boardman, 
to Thomas Boardman, to Sarah Boardman alias Frary's heirs, to Eunice 
Boardman alias Williams, to each, £12-11-09. By Jacob Goodrich, 
Timothy Baxter and Benjamin Stilman. 



Page 67. 

Boardman, Moses, Middletown. Invt. £450-00-00. Taken 24 Jan- 
uary, 1737-8, by Stephen Stocking and Janna Wilcock. 

Court Record, Page 24 — 7 March, 1737-8: Adms. granted to Silence 
Boardman, widow. Recog., £600, with John Penfield of Middletown. 

Page 29 (Vol. XV) 2 December, 1746: Joseph Washburn, in right 
of his wife Lucy Boardman, alias Washburn, daughter of Moses Board- 
man, moved to this Court for a dist. of the moveable estate : Whereupon 
this Court appoint Janna Wilcocks, of Middletown, and John Penfield, 
distributors, to distribute the estate, as foUoweth: 



232 PROBATE RECORDS. VOL. Xlllj 

i S d 

Inventory of moveables and credits, 205-03-09 

The debts allowed, 9-09-09 

The debts subtracted, there remains to be distributed, 196-03-09 

To Silence Boardman, widow, 65-07-10 

To Samuel Boardman, eldest son, 65-07-10 

To Moses Boardman and Lucy Washburn, to each, 32-13-11 



Page 44. 

Booge, William, East Haddam. Invt. £432-11-08. Taken 17 Au- 
gust, 1737, by Joshua Brainard, Jabez Chapman and Ephraim Oris wold. 

Court Record, Page 15 — 4 October, 1737: Adms. granted to Dor- 
othy Booge, widow. Recog., £800, with Samuel Ingram of West Had- 
dam. 

Page 89 — 2 June, 1741 : William Booge, age 18 years, chose his 
uncle John Booge to be his guardian. Recog., £300. Elizabeth and 
Dorothy Booge chose their mother Dorothy Booge to be their guardian, 
and she was appointed guardian to Ephraim Booge, age 5 years. Recog., 
£200. 

Page 90 — 2 June, 1741 : Dorothy Booge, Adms., exhibited an ac- 
count of her Adms., which account is accepted. 

Page 42 (Vol. XIV) 10 May, 1744: Dorothy Booge, widow, hav- 
ing administered on the sd. estate, the heirs, viz., William and Elizabeth, 
now moved to this Court for a dist., which this Court grant : 

£ s d 
To Dorothy Booge, widow, 124-10-05 

To William Booge, eldest son, 71-02-10 

To Jonathan, Timothy, Dorothy, Ephraim and Elizabeth Booge, 

to each of them their single portion, 35-11-05 

And appoint Lt. John Brockway, Ensign John Com stock and Mr, 
William Comstock, of Lyme, distributors. 



Page 278. 

Bradley, George, Tolland. Invt. £2800-00-00. Taken by George 
Hall, Samuel Dimock and Zebulon West. Will dated 13 January, 1740-1. 

I, George Bradley of Tolland, in the County of Hartford, do make 
this my last will and testament: I give to my wife Hannah Bradley all 
and the whole of my household goods whatsoever, to be to her use and 
dispose forever; and the use of the lower room in the east end of my 
house and 1-3 part of the cellar during the time she shall remain my 
widow, and also the use of i cow, to be kept for her out of my estate, 
during the time she remains my widow. And further, my will is that 



1737 TO 1742. PROBATE RECORDS. 233 

my sd. wife shall have an honourable maintenance out of my estate dur- 
ing widowhood. I give to my eldest son George Bradley the west end 
or part of my dwelling farm joining the heirs of Deacon John Hunting- 
ton deed. All that part of my dwelling farm, together with my dwelling 
house and barn, I give to my son George and to his heirs (male) for- 
ever in fee tail. And also I give to my sd. son George all the remaining 
part of my personal estate except what I have given to my wife, order- 
ing and requireing him to maintain and support his mother while she 
remains my widow, and also to pay out further according as my will 
is and is hereafter mentioned. My will is and I give to my son Jabez 
Bradley all that part of my homestead lying eastward of the line running 
from the white oak tree, and to his heirs (male) in fee tail. My will 
is that all the remaining part of my lands, both that which lyeth in Tol- 
land and Stafford, and wheresoever, shall be equally divided between 
my three sons, viz., Henry Bradley, Josiah Bradley and Jonah Bradley, 
to them and their heirs and assigns forever. Also I give to my sd. three 
sons, Henry, Josiah and Jonah, £30 in money each, which I order my sd. 
son George to pay unto them as they come of the age of 21 years old. 
My will is and I give to my daughter Hannah Bradley the sum of £65 
money, to be paid to her within one year after my decease, which I order 
my son George Bradley to pay unto the sd. Hannah. My will is and I 
give to my daughter Mary Bradley the sum of £50 money, to be paid to 
her out of my estate within two years after my decease, which I order 
my son George to pay to the sd. Mary. My will is and I give to my 
daughter Jean Bradley the sum of £40 money, to be paid to her out of my 
estate within three years after my decease, which I order my son George 
to pay to the sd. Jean. I appoint my son George Bradley sole executor. 

Witness : George Hall, George Bradley, ls. 

Aaron Cady, Jr., Zebulon West. 

The day of the date above written I, Hannah Bradley, wife to the 
signer, George Bradley, hereby signify my acceptance of and full con- 
tentment with the dower that is above mentioned and given to me by my 
sd. husband in this his last will, as the full of my dower or third of his 
estate. As witness my hand: 

Witness: George Hall, Hannah X Bradley. 

Aaron Cady, Jr. 

Court Record, Page 91 — 15 June, 1741 : Will proven. 

Page 5 (Vol. XIV) 19 May, 1742: Jabez Bradley, age 16 years,' 
son of George Bradley, chose John Paulk of sd. Tolland to be his guar- 
dian. Recog., £600. 

Page 49 — 12 August, 1744: Josiah Bradley, 14 years of age, son of 
George Bradley, also made choice of John Paulk to be his guardian. 
Recog., £500. 

Page 92 (Vol. XV) 7 March, 1748-9: George Bradley, executor to 
the last will of Mr. George Bradley, late of Tolland, now moved this 



234 PROBATE RECORDS. VOL. XIII, 

Court for a dist. of the real estate given by the sd. George Bradley to his 
3 sons, Henry Bradley, Josiah Bradley and Jonah Bradley, which this 
Court grant (sd. Jonah being deceased). This Court appoint Joshua 
Wills, Christopher West and John Starr, distributors. 



Page 125. 

Brainard, Rev. Chileab, Glastonbury. Invt. £551-12-11. Taken 22 
January, 1738-9, by Jonathan Hale, Abner Moseley, John Fisk and 
James Brainard. Will dated 18 August, 1738. 

I, Chileab Brainard of Glastonbury, do make this my last will and 
testament: I give to my wife Abigail all my moveable estate, together 
with the 100 acres of land given to me by the proprietors of sd. Glas- 
tonbury on consideration of my settleing in the work of the ministry in 
this place, and also an equal part of the house and land wherein I dwell 
with my daughter Abigail. In case my wife have another child by me, 
it shall share equally with my sd. daughter Abigail. I give and release 
to the Society of Eastbury the £100 due to me as part of my settlement 
in sd. Society, and what little part of sd. £100 that I have had, my mind 
and will is that it be paid back again with my just debts out of what I 
have already given to my wife Abigail. I give to my sd. wife Abigail 
(as part of my moveable estate) £42-10-00, being the 1-2 of my salary 
for this present year from the aforesd. Society, and the remaining part 
I give and release to sd. Society. And whereas, sundry persons promised 
me several days work for my encouragement in the work of the ministry 
in this place, I do hereby give and release sd. persons from any further 
demands for sd. days work. And I appoint my brother Josiah Brainard, 
with my wife Abigail, to be executors. 

Witness : Thomas Wells, Chileab Brainard, ls. 

Ashbel Woodhridge, John Waddams. 

Court Record, Page 40 — 6 February, 1738-9: Will proven. 

Page 66 — 25 April, 1740: This Court appoints Abigail Brainard, 
widow, to be guardian to her daughter Abigail Brainard, age 2 years and 
8 months. Recog., £300. 



Page 215-216. 

Brainard, Elijah, Haddam. Died 20 April, 1740. Invt. £1963-15-03. 
Taken 13 June, 1740, by Joseph Arnold, Caleb Cone and Thomas Brooks. 
Will dated 24 May, 1739. 

I, Elijah Brainard, in the County of Hartford, do make this my last 
will and testament: I give to my wife Margaret Brainard (her dower 
rights). I give to my eldest son Joseph Brainard the 1-2 of the 8th 
division lott in Haddam, laid out on the right of Abraham Dibble, con- 
taining in the whole 30 acres, and the 8th division lott laid out on the 



1737 TO 1742. PROBATE RECORDS. 235 

right of Moses Pond, containing 12 acres, and my inhabitant right (be- 
ing £77-11-00) in all the undivided land on the west side of the Great 
River. I give to my 2nd son Elijah Brainard, Jr., 23 acres and 56 rods 
of the 4th division lott in sd. Haddam, laid out on the right of Capt, 
Gates, late of sd. Haddam deceased, and £55-06 right in all the undivided 
land on the west side of the Great River, being 1-5 part of the original 
rights of Richard Piper, Abraham Dibble and my honoured father Daniel 
Brainard, late of sd. Haddam deed. I give to my 3rd son Jabez Brain- 
ard all my land on the south side of the country road opposite my home- 
stead, be the same more or four acres, and all my land lying on the 
southeast side of the highway that goeth from Jabez Brainard's house 
to Purcel (?) and my lott in the upper meadow, with the upland adjoin- 
ing thereto, and one piece of land of about 4 acres on the northwest side 
of Higanum Cove, and all my right in the undivided land on the east 
side of the Great River in Haddam. I give to my 4th son Phineas Brain- 
ard, his heirs and assigns forever, my dwelling house, barn, and home- 
stead, viz., all my land there adjoining, and 1-2 of the warehouse stand- 
ing thereon, and the 5th division lott laid out upon the right of the afore- 
sd. Abraham Dibble, containing 50 acres, and about 3 acres of land 
adjoining thereto, and a right of £40 (the right of Moses Pond) in all 
the undivided land on the west side of the Great River. I give to my 
four daughters, viz., Mary Pond, Abigail Arnold, Thankfull Brainard 
and Esther Brainard, and to my granddaughter Rachel Bailey, all my 
personal estate of all sorts not otherwise disposed of in this will, equally 
to be divided to and amongst them five. And I make my two sons, 
Elijah Brainard and Jabez Brainard, executors. 

Witness : William Porter, Elijah Brainard, ls. 

Abraham Brooks, Hez: Brainard. 

Court Record, Page 70 — 5 August, 1740: The last will and testa- 
ment of Elijah Brainard, late of Haddam, exhibited in Court by Elijah 
Brainard and Jabez Brainard, executors. Will proved and ordered 
recorded. 



Inventory on File. 



Brnnson, Samuel, Kensington. Invt. £231-07-06. Taken February, 
1 741, by William Burnham, Jr., and Ebenezer Hart. At a Court of 
Probate this invt. was exhibited by Hezekiah Brunson, executor, and 
accepted. 

Court Record, Page no — 2 March, 1741-2: Will now exhibited by 
Hezekiah Brunson, son of the deceased. Proven. (Will not found.) 



Page 250. 

Bull, Nehemiah, Westfield (Mass.). Invt. 4 tracts of land in New 
Hartford (Ct.) 109 acres, £163-10-00 as money. Taken by Joseph Gil- 
bert and Peletiah Mills. Will dated 28 February, 1739-40. 



236 PROBATE RECORDS. VOL. XIII, 

I, Nehemiah Bull of Westfield, in the County of Hampshire and 
Province of Massachusetts Bay, in New England, clerk, do make this 
my last will and testament: Imprimis. I ordain and appoint that my 
debts and funeral charges be discharged and payd by my executor in 
convenient time after my decease, and that my house lott in Westfield 
with the buildings thereon be sold by my executors, part of the products 
of which to be employed in the discharging of my debts. I give to my 
wife Elizabeth Bull 1-2 of my personal estate to her own dispose for- 
ever, and also 1-2 of the produce of my house lott and buildings aforesd., 
when sold, to be improved for her maintenance, comfort and support 
so long as she shall continue my widow, and what remains thereof after- 
wards to be equally divided among my children. I give and bequeath to 
my loving and dear children, William Bull, John Partridge Bull, Justin 
Bull and Nehemiah Bull, all the remaining part of my estate, whether 
real or personal, to be equally divided among them, to be to them and 
their heirs forever. And my will is that my son William be well edu- 
cated in the Latin and Greek tongue and natural philosophy whilst he 
come to be of a suitable age to live with a doctor, and that then he be 
put to some skillful physician ; and that my other children be well edu- 
cated for such imployment as shall be found agreeable to their genious 
and dispositions. I ordain my dearly beloved wife and my brother 
Oliver Partridge, of Hatfield, executors. 

Witness : John Root, Nehemiah Bull, ls. 

Edw. Martindale, Moses Root. 

A codicil : I, Nehemiah Bull, &c., do by these presents approve, 
ratify and confirm my last will and testament, and now do by this my 
codicil or schedule impower and fully authorize my brother Mr. Oliver 
Partridge (who was one of my executors) to act and transact for me 
and my heirs as fully and amply as if I myself were living and present, 
in giving a deed of my land that I bought (with some others) of Joikim 
Vanvaulkenburk to the Indians of Stockbridge to fullfill the conditions 
of a grant made by the Great and General Court, and what he shall 
transact shall be as valid as if it were done by myself. I also fully im- 
power him to join with Ephraim Williams, Esq., and Company in divid- 
ing our land near Stockbridge. The date, 9 April, 1740. 

Witness : John Root, Nehemiah Bull, ls. 

Moses Root. 

Test: Timothy Dwight, Register. 

Court Record, Page 82 — 3 February, 1 740-1 : Will now exhibited 
by Oliver Partridge, one of the executors. Proved at Court of Probate 
at Northampton, 13 May last (1740), and ordered to be recorded. 

Attested by Timothy Dzvight, Regstr. 



1737 TO 1742. PROBATE RECORDS. 237 

Page 68-9. 

Bunce, Ann, Hartford. Invt. £56-10-00. Taken 17 February, 1737- 
8, by Hezekiah Goodwin and Jonathan Olcott. 



Burr, John, late of Farmingtown. Court Record, Page 98-99 — 21 
September, 1741 : An agreement of the heirs for the settlement of the 
estate : We, John Burr, Noadiah Burr, Stephen Burr, Nathaniel Burr 
and Ebenezer Burr, of Farmington, Gideon Burr of Goshen, Sarah Gil- 
lett of Hartford, Eunice Case of Simsbury, Thankfull Brown and Miriam 
Case of Farmington, being the only children and heirs of the estate of 
our father John Burr of sd. Farmington deed., do hereby acknowledge 
that we have received our full part and portion of our sd. father's estate, 
and do hereby quitclaim respectively to each other, and do hereunto set 
our hands and seals this 21 September, 1741. 



John Burr_, ls. 
Nathaniel Burr, ls. 
Thankfull X Brown, ls. 
Eunice Case, ls. 
Noadiah Burr, ls. 



Ebenezer Burr, ls. 
Joseph Gillett, Jr., ls. 
Nathaniel Case, ls. 
Stephen Burr, ls. 
Gideon Burr, ls. 



Sarah Gillett, ls. 
Miriam Case, ls. 
Sarah Burr, ls. 
Ephraim Brown, ls. 
Samuel Case, ls. 



Then they 15 subscribers personally appeared and acknowledged 
their hands and seals. 

Test: Jos: Talcott, Jr., Clerk. 



Butfield, William. Court Record, Page 36 — 7 November, 1738: 
William Butfield, age 16 years, chose Ephraim Shay lor of Bolton to be 
his guardian. Recog., £300, 

Cert: John Bissell, J. P. 



Inventory on File. 



Butler, Joseph, Middletown. Invt. taken 21 January, 1 740-1, by 
Samuel Shepherd and John Kirby. Also an addition of £28-03-00 to be 
added to the inventory. 

Court Record, Page 81 — 27 January, 1740-1 : Adms. granted to 
Benjamin Butler of Middletown, who gave bond with Edward Higby of 
£300. 

Page 103 — ist December, 1741 : Benjamin Butler, Adms., exhibited 
an account of his Adms. ; also an additional invt. of £28-03-00. Accepted. 



Invt. in Vol. XIV, Page 28. 

Cadwell, Aaron, Hartford. Invt. £356-19-02. Taken 28 May, 1740, 
by Joseph Talcott, Jr., and William Keith. 



238 PROBATE RECORDS. VOL. XIII, 

Court Record, Page 65 — 22 April, 1740: Adms. granted to Rachel 
Cadwell, widow, who recog. in £500 with John Butler, Jr. 

Page 6 (Vol. XIV) 4 May, 1742: Rachel Cadwell, Adms., ex- 
hibited an account of her Adms. Accepted. Also, this Court do set 
out for the widow her necessity, £17-11-06. 

Page 22 — 3 May, 1743 : Rachel Cadwell, Adms., exhibited a fur- 
ther account of her Adms. Accepted. 

Page 17 (Vol. XVII) 22 April, 1754: Mr. Ebenezer Williamson 
of Hartford, in right of his wife Rachel, the relict of Aaron Cadwell, 
late of Hartford deceased, moves to this Court that her right of dowry 
be set out to her: Whereupon this Court appoints Jonathan Seymour, 
John Skinner and Daniel Steele to set out the widow's thirds. 

Page 34 — 8 July, 1754: Report of the distributors. 

Page 36 — 6 August, 1754: Jonathan Cadwell, for himself and in 
behalf of his brethren, moves for a distribution of the estate of their 
brother Aaron Cadwell : Whereupon this Court appoint Daniel Good- 
win, Stephen Hosmer and Ozias Pitkin to make an equal distribution, 
viz., to Thomas Cadwell, Jonathan, James and Moses Cadwell, the heirs 
of Hannah Chappell deceased, and Lois Bliss, alias White, to each of 
them their equal shares. 

Page 203-4. 

Cadwell, Leah, wife of Jonathan Cadwell, Hartford. Will dated 23 

May, 1740: I, Leah Cadwell of Hartford, do make this my last will and 
testament : I give to Jonathan Cadwell, my husband, and to his heirs and 
assigns, 10 acres of land lying and being in the west division of Hart- 
ford, being part of a piece of land given to me by my honoured father 
Thomas Morgan, late of Hartford deed., by his last will and testament, 
which by sd. will may more fully appear, which 10 acres shall begin at 
the east end of sd. lott and extending the whole breadth of sd. lott west- 
ward until it shall take in the full of sd. 10 acres. And further, I give 
unto my sd. husband the remaining part of sd. lott, to be for his use 
during his natural life. And I do hereby ratify and confirm this to be my 
last will and testament. 

Witness : Moses Nash, Leah X Cadwell, ls. 

Gideon Butler, Simon Mors. 

Court Record, Page 73 — 2 September, 1740: Will now exhibited by 
Jonathan Cadwell, executor, who was the husband of the deceased. 
Proven. 



Page 176, 185. 



Cadwell, Lt. Thomas, Hartford. Invt. £300-17-02. Taken 21 Feb- 
ruary, 1739-40, by William Gaylord, William Cadwell and Nathaniel 
Jones. Will dated 30 December, 1737. 



1737 TO 1742. PROBATE RECORDS. 239 

I, Thomas Cadwell of Hartford, do make and declare this my last 
will and testament : I give to my wife Hannah 1-3 part of all my per- 
sonal estate, to her and her heirs forever, I also devise to the use of 
my sd. wife one end of my present dwelling house in Hartford, which 
she shall choose, with a proportional part of the cellar and garden and 
well, to be hers during life. And also, for her more comfortable sup- 
port, my will is that my sons shall pay to her annually during her life 
the sum of £10 money as I hereafter shall order. I give to my eldest 
son Thomas all that my farm at the west division in Hartford which is 
bounded north on the lands of Samuel and Thomas Shepherd and Daniel 
Ensign, south on his own land, east on Hartford commons, and west on 
Farmingtown bounds, with the house and all other buildings thereon 
erected, part whereof I have already given him by deed, my son Thomas 
paying to my wife the sum of £4. annually during her life in part of the 
legacy of f 10 I have herein before given her, and also what I shall here- 
inafter order him to pay to my two daughters, Hannah and Lois. I give 
and devise to my two sons, Jonathan and James, the lott which I bought 
of Thomas Sadd in the aforesd. west division according as I have already 
given the same to them by deeds of gift. Also, I give to them, the sd. 
Jonathan and James, a lott of land in Farmingtown which I bought of 
Samuel Wadsworth, and also the southward part or all the remainder 
of a lott of land lying in Farmingtown that I bought of Capt. Hart, 
which remainder is not contained in my deed of part of sd. lott to the 
Burrs, the aforesd. land to be equally divided between them my sd. sons 
Jonathan and James, each of my sd. sons Jonathan and James paying to 
my wife each 40 shillings annually in part of the aforesd. legacy of iio, 
and also paying what I shall hereafter order them to pay to my aforesd, 
two daughters. As to my son Moses, I have already given him the full 
portion of my real estate, that is to say, what part of my estate I did in- 
tend he should have. By his desire I have sold and have given him the 
money for which the same was sold, so that he has had a full single por- 
tion of my estate. Yet my will is that my executors shall pay to him the 
sd. Moses out of my personal estate at inventory price to the value of 30 
shillings, and no more. I give to my son Aaron my present dwelling 
house, homelott, barn and orchard thereon, also my meadow land lying 
in the North and South Meadow, and my pastureland lying in the Ox 
Pasture, and my lott called the Brickiln lott, all lying in Hartford afore- 
sd., to be to him, his heirs and assigns forever, of all which I have here- 
tofore given him a deed of gift, reserving to the use of my wife only 
what I have hereinbefore given to her in my sd. house, &c., for life, the 
same to be to him, his heirs and assigns forever, he paying to my sd, 
wife 40 shillings annually during her life in part to make up the aforesd, 
legacy of £10, and also what I shall hereafter order him to pay to my 
aforesd. daughters. As to my daughter Hannah Chappell, I have al- 
ready given her £30-04, and my will is that she shall have out of my 
estate, more than what she hath already had, the sum of £69-16, to her 
and her heirs forever. As to my daughter Lois Bliss, I have already 



240 PROBATE RECORDS. VOL. XIII, 

given her £48-06, and I will that she shall have out of my estate, more 
than what she hath already had, £51-14, to her and her heirs forever. 
If there be not sufficient personal estate to pay sd. sums to my daughters, 
what part thereof is wanting I hereby order to be paid to them by my 
four sons, Thomas, Jonathan, James and Aaron, my son Thomas to 
pay 2-5 part thereof, and Jonathan, James and Aaron each 1-5 part 
thereof. I hereby appoint my two sons, Thomas and Jonathan, to be 
executors. 

Witness : Daniel Smith, Thomas Cadwell, ls. 

Jos: Gillett, Jr., Margaret Butler. 

Court Record, Page 61 — 4 March, 1739-40: Will proven. 

P^g6 35 (Vol. XIV) 6 December, 1743 : Thomas Cadwell and 
Jonathan Cadwell, executors to the last will and testament of Thomas 
Cadwell, now exhibited an account of debts and charges due from the 
estate and legacies paid, in all amounting to £6-01-06 more than to dis- 
charge the legacies in sd. will. 

Page 61 (Vol. XVII) 6 May, 1755: William Cadwell and Joseph 
Dickins of Windsor, in right of his wife Mary Cadwell, alias Dickins, 
cited the rest of the heirs to the estate of Thomas Cadwell of Hartford 
aforesd. deceased, grandfather to the sd. William and Mary, to appear 
before the Court and show cause why the undivided lands belonging to 
Thomas Cadwell his estate should not be divided. The above cited 
parties did not appear to make any objections, whereupon this Court, on 
the motion of the sd. William Cadwell and Joseph Dickins, order that 
a dist. be made of land lying in Hartford on the east side of the river, 
in that land lying in the Five-Miles, so-called, viz., 2-9 parts thereof to 
tho heir? of Edward Cadwell deceased; to the heirs of Thomas Cadwell 
deceased, 1-9 part; to the heirs of Matthew Cadwell deceased, 1-9 part; 
to the heirs of Samuel Cadwell of sd. Hartford deceased, 1-9 part; to the 
heirs of Mary Cadwell (alias Dickins) of Windsor, 1-9 part; to the heirs 
of Abigail Cadwell (alias Church) of Hartford deceased, 1-9 part; to 
the heirs of Hannah Cadwell (alias Bliss) of Springfield, in the County 
of Hampshire, 1-9 part; to Mehetabell Cadwell (alias Boardman) de- 
ceased, her heirs, 1-9 part. And this Court appoint Samuel Welles of 
Hartford, Erastus and Gideon Wolcott of Windsor to distribute the lands 
accordingly. 

Page 87 — 17 November, 1755 : Report of the distributors accepted. 



Page 184. 

Carrier, Thomas, Colchester. Invt. £659-15-11. Taken 28 March, 
1740, by Michael Taintor, John Bigelow and Elnathan Rowlee. 

Court Record, Page 64 — 11 April, 1740: Adms. to Thomas Carrier, 
son of the deceased. Recog., £500, with Isaac Carrier. Jeremiah Car- 
rier, age 14 years, son of Thomas Carrier, chose his brother Thomas 
Carrier to be his guardian. Recog., £100. Cert: Nathaniel Foot, J. P. 



1737 TO 1742. PROBATE RECORDS. 24I 



/ 



Page 10 (Vol. XIV) ist September, 1742: Thomas Carrier, Adms., 
exhibited an account of his Adms. : Paid in debts and charges, £78-08-01 ; 
credit received, £2-06-00. Account accepted. 



Page 13. 

Carter, Gideon, Hartford. Invt. £749-16-05. Taken 4 April, 1737, 
by Zachariah Seymour and Joseph Skinner, Jr. 

Court Record, Page 5 — 5 April, 1737: Invt. exhibited. 



Page 267. 

Case, Moses, Hebron. Invt. £3285-03-01. Taken 21 September, 
1741, by Nathaniel Phelps, Joseph Phelps and Joel White. Will dated 
4 September, 1741. 

I, Moses Case of Hebron, in the County of Hartford, do make and 
ordain this to be my last will and testament: I give to my wife Mary, 
after my debts are discharged, 1-3 part of my house moveable estate to 
be to her own dispose forever, whom, with my son Moses Case, I ordain 
to be my executors. I give to my wife the use and improvement of 1-3 
part of my lands during life or while she remains my widow, as also 
one room in my dwelling house. I give to my two sons, namely, Moses 
and Josiah, all my houseing and lands in Hebron to be equally divided 
betwixt them, only my son Moses shall have 10 acres of land more than 
Josiah. In the division regards shall be had both to quantity and qual- 
ity, sd. division to be made by indifferent men. Sd. division to be made 
when my sd. son Moses shall come of full age of 21 years. I give to my 4. 
daughters, namely, to Patience, Lois, Alice and Hannah, to each of 
them £100, to be paid to them when or as they arrive to the age of 18 
years. And whereas, my daughter Patience has had already near £100, 
the remaining 2-3 of my house moveables I give to my three younger 
daughters, Lois, Alice and Hannah, equally to be divided. And as to 
my debts and charges aforesd., my will is that they be paid out of my 
cattle, horses, sheep, &c., and not out of my house moveables, having 
given them to my sd. wife and daughters. And the remaining part of 
my horses, cattle, sheep and tools for husbandry I give to my sd. sons 
Moses and Josiah, equally to be divided, and my joiner tools I give to 
my sd. son Moses. I give to Eliphalet Case, son to my sd. wife, £5, to 
be paid him out of my estate when my sd. son Josiah shall come of full 
age to 21 years, &c., whereas I am apprehensive. But if my wife yet 
bring forth a son and he survive, he shall have out of my estate £600; 
but if she bring forth a daughter that shall survive until she comes to 
the age of 18 years, sd. daughter shall be paid £100 with lawfull interest 
thereon from the day of her birth. I appoint my wife and my son Moses 
Case executors. 

Witness : Eheneser Case, Moses Case, ls. 

Jonathan Case, Nathaniel Phelps. 



242 



PROBATE RECORDS. 



VOL. XIII, 



The inventory shows debts due to the 



persons : 
David Barbour, 
John Barley, 
Simon Baxter, 
Benjamin Beach, 
Samuel Bewell, 
John Bliss, 
Oliver Bly, 
Gershom Bulkeley, 
Philip Bump, 
John Burchard, 
Samuel Calkin, Jr., 
Joseph Chamberlain, 
Noah Clark, 
Samuel Curtiss, 



Samuel Darbe, 
Thomas Dewey, 
Jabez Dunham, 
Matthew Ford, 
Ebenezer Fuller, 
Samuel Gilbert, Jr., 
Thomas Goldwaite, 
Joseph Kellogg, Jr., 
Amos Owen, 
Josiah Owen, 
John Pengilly, 
Elnathan Rowley, 
Nathan Rowley, 
Job Stiles, 



estate from the following 



Caleb Strong, 
William Sumner, 
Joseph Swetland, 
Eleazer Tappany, 
Benjamin Thompson, 
Jonathan Tillotson, 
Peter Urtwell, 
Jonathan White, 
Joseph White, 
Aaron Wright, 
Jabez Wright, 
Samuel Wright, 
Ephraim Youngs. 



Court Record, Page lOO — 3 September, 1741 : Will proven. 



Page 91, 105. 

Chapman, Lydia, East Haddam. Invt. £414-01-06. Taken 31 Au- 
gust, 1738, by Joshua Brainard, John Spencer and Bezaleel Brainard. 

Know all men by these presents: That we, the subscribers, being 
the only surviving heirs of our sister Lydia Chapman, late of East Had- 
dam deed., according to the statute of this Colony as it is explained in 
page 330 of our Law, do, with the approbation of his Honr. the 
Gouernour and Judges of the Court of Probate for the County of Hart- 
ford, agree that the land and moveable estate that did belong to our 
deceased sister aforesd. shall be divided equally according to the quality 
thereof into five parts, and that the children of our sister Elizabeth 
Chalker, late of Saybrook deed., shall hold, possess and enjoy 1-5 part 
to them, their heirs and assigns forever, and the rest to be held by us 
the sd. subscribers in equal proportion. And in confirmation of the 
written agreement we have hereunto sett our hands and seals this 7th 
day of November, Annoque Dom. 1738, and the 12th yeare of His 
Majestie's reign. 

Signed and sealed in the Jabez Chapman, ls. 

presence of us : Samuel Chapman, ls. Ann Selden, ls. 

Edward Schovill, John Warner, ls. Mehetabell Warner, ls. 

Esther Talcott. 

Court Record, Page 32 — ist August, 1738: Adms. to Jabez Chap- 
man. Recog., £200, with John Fisk. 

Page 35 — 7 November, 1738: Account exhibited and allowed. 

Page 36 — 7 November, 1738: An agreement by the heirs to divide 
the estate now exhibited and accepted. 



1737 TO 1742. PROBATE RECORDS. 243 

Page 1-2. 

Chapman, Simon, Jr., Windsor. Invt. £668-10-11. Taken by Jon- 
athan Stiles and John Stoughton. Will dated 4 March, 1736-7, 

I, Simon Chapman, Jr., of Windsor, husbandman, do make this my 
last will and testament : Imprimis. I give to Samuel Chapman, son of 
Samuel Chapman of Tolland, my beloved cosen, if he live until the age 
of 21 years, all my houseing and land in Ellington in Windsor, with 
this proviso, that within two years after he is 21 years of age that he pay 
in good_ lawful money of this Colony to my wife Silence Chapman iioo; 
provided sd. Samuel Chapman do not live to the age of 21 years, then 
to the next male heir ; or whosoever shall have my land and buildings 
shall pay sd. £100, and £50 more to my brother Samuel Chapman's son 
Simon Chapman. I give to my wife the 1-2 of my moveable estate, and 
1-2 to my brother Samuel Chapman's daughters. I appoint my brother 
Samuel Chapman of Tolland and my wife Silence Chapman executors. 
Witness : John Stoughton, Simon Chapman, Jr., ls. 

Asahel Bissell, John MacMorran. 

Court Record, Page 9 — 7 June, 1737: Inventory exhibited. 



Page 83-4. 

Chester, Stephen John. An agreement, made 27 June, 1738, by 
Martin Kellogg and Dorothy his wife, of Wethersfield, and by Joseph 
Lamb and Sarah his wife, of Southold, L. I., County of Suffolk, in the 
Province of New York, and Mercy Chester of Wethersfield, the only 
surviving heirs and co-heirs of Stephen John Chester deceased : First : 
That we, the aforesd. heirs to the estate of the sd. deceased Stephen 
John Chester, do for ourselves and heirs mutually agree that the aforesd. 
Martin Kellogg and Dorothy his wife shall have to their portion in and 
of the estate of the sd. deed. 100 acres of land, more or less, lying in 
Wethersfield in the tier of lotts commonly called the 50-acre lott, butted 
and bounded as followeth: east on a highway, west on the line dividing 
between Wethersfield and Farmington, north on land belonging to Capt. 
John Chester, south partly on land belonging to John Kelsey and partly 
on land belonging to Stephen Kelsey, to their heirs and assigns forever 
in full of their part or portion of sd. estate. We, the heirs, do mutually 
agree that the aforesd. Joseph Lamb and Sarah his wife shall have for 
their part and portion in and of the estate of the sd. deed, the southern 
half of 300 acres of land, more or less, lying in the Town of Glastonbury, 
butting and bounded as followeth: east on undivided land, west on 
Connecticut River, north on land belonging to Capt. Thomas Wells, 
south on land belonging to Samuel Hale ; also a certain tract of land ly- 
ing in Wethersfield, containing 4 acres more or less, bounded east on a 
highway, west on land belonging to Timothy Wright, north on land be- 



244 PROBATE RECORDS. VOL. XIII, 

longing to John Smith, south on land belonging to Ebenezer Belding, 
to them and their heirs and assigns forever in full of their part or 
portion of sd. estate. We, the heirs, do agree that Mercy Chester 
aforesd. shall have for her part and portion of the estate of the sd. 
deed, ye northern half of 300 acres of land, more or less, lying in the 
Town of Glastonbury, bounded as followeth: east on undivided land, 
v^^est on Connecticut River, north on land belonging to Capt. Thomas 
Wells, south on land belonging to Samuel Hale ; as also a house and 
barn standing on sd. land, to her, her heirs and assigns forever, in full 
of her part and portion of sd. estate. And the above-named parties, for 
themselves, their heirs and assigns forever, have given, granted and re- 
leased unto each other by these presents the several claims or demands 
that they have or might have in or to the estate aforesd., or any part 
thereof, other than what in the above distribution or partition is to them 
set out. In witness whereof the parties to these presents have hereunto 
sett their hands and seals. 



Martin Kellogg, ls. 
Joseph Lamb, ls. 



Dorothy Kellogg, ls. 
Sarah Lamb, ls. 



"Mercy Chester, ls. 
Acknowledged in Court. Test: Jos: Talcottj Junior, Clerk. 



See File. 

Church, Joseph. We, the subscribers, have agreed upon the division 
of the estate of our honoured brother Joseph Church, late of Hartford 
deed., according as it is hereafter mentioned, and as to the moveables 
we have each of us already received accordingly, and as to the housing 
and lands to be divided as followeth : To John Church, all that right of 
land called the western land, which lyeth in the township commonly 
called Middle West. And to Caleb Church, in the homelott, 91-2 acres 
of land; to Daniel Church, in the homelott, 31-2 acres; to Abigail 
Church and Mary Church, in the homelott, 7 acres ; and the Brickill 
Swamp, 51-2 acres, bounding north by John Spencer, east on Moses 
Dickinson, west on a highway, and south by land divided to Daniel 
Church. And for the full and absolute confirmation of the above-men- 
tioned division, according as it is therein entered to us, we have hereunto 
subscribed our hands and seals this 8th of April, 1743. 
Witness : John Marsh, Jno. Church, ls. Abigail Church, ls. 

Zehulon Spencer. Caleb Church, ls. Mary X Church, ls. 
Daniel Church, ls. 

April the 20th, 1750: Before the Court of Probate in Hartford the 
heirs to this agreement appeared and acknowledged the same to he their 
free act and deed. 

Test: Joseph Talcott, Clerk. 



1737 TO 1742. PROBATE RECORDS. 245 

Page no. 

Churchill, Mary, Widow, Wethersfield. Invt. £39-1 1-03. Taken 4 
July, 1738, by Richard Boardman, Henry Kirkham and David Wright, 
Junr. 

Court Record, Page 31 — 4 July, 1738: Adms. to Samuel Churchill. 
Recog., with Daniel Churchill. 



Page iio-iii. 

Coe, John, Wethersfield. Invt. £121-05-05. Taken by Samuel Cur- 
tiss, Samuel Butler and Joseph Flower. 

Court Record, Page 33 — 3 October, 1738: Inventory exhibited by 
Jonathan Carter, Adms. 

Page 286. 

Coleman, Ebenezer, Colchester. Invt. £131-19-08. Taken 28 April, 
1 741, by John Johnson and John Strong. 

Court Record, Page 90 — 2 June, 1741 : Adms. to Ruth Coleman, 
widow. Recog., £200, with her son Niles Coleman of Colchester. 



Page 150. 

Colt, Benjamin, Hartford. Invt. £322-04-06. Taken 30 June, 1739, 
by Richard Oilman and Caleb Pitkin. Will dated 16 March. 

I, Benjamin Colt of Hartford, do make this my last will and testa- 
ment: Imprimis. I give to Joanna, my well-beloved wife, and Lucy, my 
daughter, all my moveable estate excepting one cowe, which I give to 
my daughter Anne Hopkins. I give to my son John Colt 20 shillings in 
money. I give to my daughter Lucy all my right in the equivalent land 
in Windsor, by her freely to be possessed and in joyed. I make my 
wife Joanna Colt and William Williams, Jr., of Hartford, to be sole 
executors. 

Witness : John Morton, Benjamin X Colt, ls. 

Richard Gilman, Samuel Williams. 

Court Record, Page 52 — 7 August, 1739: Will exhibited 5 June 
last, now proven. 



Page 99- 1 00-101. 



Colyer, Joseph, Hartford. Invt. taken by Edward Cadwell, Jos. 
Talcott, Jr., and Daniel Butler. Will dated 16 July, 1733." 

I, Joseph Colyer of Hartford, being desirous that what worldly 
goods or estate God hath bestowed upon me may be disposed of before 



246 PROBATE RECORDS. VOL. XIII, 

I die, I do make the following disposition of them: I give to my wife 
Hannah the use of 1-3 part of my improveable land during life, and 1-3 
part of my dwelling house in case she shall see cause to live in it ; but 
if she doth not live in it, then I dispose of it otherwise; and 1-3 part of 
my moveables I give to her to dispose of as she shall think best. I give 
to my son Joseph Colyer my right of land at Coventry which I gave 
him a deed of gift of, which is his whole portion except 20 shillings. I 
give to my son Hezekiah Colyer half the lott I bought of Capt. Stough- 
ton, bounded south on Capt. John Sheldon's land and east on Windsor 
Road, 4 acres, which I give him by deed of gift when he desires it, as 
he may build thereon. I give to my son Daniel my house and homelott, 
only my wife to have her part therein as above mentioned, with all my 
buildings and appurtenances thereunto belonging, and the other half 
of my land at Blue Hills, and at my Brick Hill Bridge lott the 1-2 
thereof; also my orchard on the land known by the name of Douglass's 
lott, provided he, within two years after my decease, pays £20 to my son 
Abell; also I give Daniel 1-2 of the lott I bought of Capt. Stoughton. 
I give to my daughters Mary Foote and Sarah Olcott £30 apiece with 
what they have already had, and to my daughter Abigail Colyer I give 
£30 of money or goods at inventory price. And I do hereby make my 
son Daniel to be my sole executor. 

Witness: Isaac Butler, Joseph Colyer, ls. 

Jonathan Olcott, John Colyer. 

Court Record, Page 37 — 7 November, 1738: Will proven. 



Invt. in Vol. XIV, Page 83-4. 

Cooke, Moses, Hartford. Invt. £2179-00-08. Taken 16 November, 
1738, by William Cadwell, Ozias Pitkin and Joseph Talcott, Jr. 

Court Record, Page 41 — 15 February, 1738-9: Adms. granted to 
Deborah Cooke, widow, who recog. with her father Edward Cadwell. 
This Court appoint Mrs. Deborah Cooke to be guardian to her daughter 
Martha, 3 years and 8 months of age. Recog., £300. 

Page 17 (Vol. XIV) 15 February, 1742-3: Invt. exhibited by Mrs. 
Deborah Cooke, relict, alias Deborah Bicknall, Adms. Also, the sd. 
Adms., with her husband James Bicknall, exhibited an account of their 
Adms.: Paid in debts and charges, £147-01-11. Which account is 
allowed. More, £5-10-12 paid Dr. Morrison. 



Page 224-5-6. 

Cornish, James, " Simsbury. Invt. £866-14-06. Taken 25 April, 1740, 
by Joseph Pettibone and Samuel Pettibone, Jr. Will dated 8 February, 
1739-40. 

I, James Cornish of Simsbury, in the County of Hartford, do make 
this my last will and testament : I do give unto my wife Hannah, whom 
I constitute to be the sole executrix of this my will, the sole use of all 



1737 TO 1742. PROBATE RECOEIDS. 247 

my lands and goods and chattells during her life, and also 1-3 part of my 
personal estate to be her own and at her own dispose forever. Also, I 
give unto my son Gabriel my meadow lott with the adjoining land, to be 
to him and his heirs forever, upon condition that my sd. son Gabriel shall, 
before he enters into the possession thereof, give unto my son Jabez a 
well executed deed whereby he shall become seized of 1-2 of the division 
lott lying in the Half-Mile tier at the West River, which was laid out to me 
and which I have conveyed to sd. Gabriel by a deed of gift. And in case 
the sd. Gabriel doth not give unto my son Jabez a deed as aforesd. of 1-2 
of sd. division lott, then the sd. division lott to be to my son Gabriel, and 
to be his whole portion of my estate. Also, I give unto my son Jabez 
my dwelling house and barn and homelott, and also all my land lying 
westward from my homelott, bounded west by the river, south and east 
by land of John Mills, and so to the northerly bounds of sd. lands (the 
last-mentioned piece contains about 14 acres), to be to him my sd. son 
Jabez and to his heirs forever. And also about 5 acres of land which I 
bought of Jonathan Humphrey, lying southward from my wife's land, 
on Weatogue Plain, on the east side of the river, to him and his heirs 
forever. And also my land on the hill which I bought of Thomas Hum- 
phrey, lying eastward from my house and lying near the foot of the 
mountain, adjoining to my wife's land. And also the land which I 
have bargained for, lying on the hill eastward from my house, part 
of the 20 acres of land which was formerly granted unto John Hum- 
phrey in lieu of 20 acres of land granted to sd. Humphrey on the 
hill north of Mill Swamp Brook, upon any deed or deeds of sd. land, 
or any part thereof, executed to me any time hereafter, I give the 
same to my son Jabez and to his heirs and assigns forever. I do give 
unto my son Jabez my meadow lott (before mentioned and damnified 
to my son Gabriel upon conditions before mentioned), provided my son 
Gabriel doth not fulfill the condition on which it is given to him, then 
to be and remain to my son Jabez and to his heirs forever. I give unto 
my daughter Jemima 1-2 of my lott of land lying in the Half-Mile tier 
of lotts at the West Mountain and south by Joseph Case's house (the 
whole lott contains about 124 acres more or less), to be to her and her 
heirs forever; and also iio, to be paid to her out of my personal estate, 
to be at her own dispose forever. I give to my daughter Mary the 1-2 
of my division lott at the West Mountain, lying in the Half-Mile tier 
of lotts south from Joseph Case's house, 124 acres, and also the sum of 
£30, to be paid to her out of my personal estate. Further, my will 
is that whereas, my sons James and Joseph and my daughters Elizabeth, 
Phebe and Sarah, have already received their portion of my estate, I do 
give unto each of them in severallty what they have already received, to 
be to each of them their full portions of my estate. And further, my will 
is that my above-named children, Gabriel, Jabez, Jemima and Mary, 
shall not receive or enter into the possession of any parts of their por- 
tions above mentioned until after the death of my wife Hannah, unless 
my executrix shall think fitt to pay them or any of them their portions 
sooner. 

Witness : John Humphrey, James Cornish, ls. 

Jacob Pettihone, Abigail X Butler. 



248 PROBATE RECORDS. 



VOL. XIII, 



Court Record, Page 37 (Vol. XIV) 20 January, 1743-4: Jabez 
Cornish, a minor, 17 years of age, son of Deacon James Cornish deed., 
before John Humphry, Just. Peace, on the 24th day of February, 1742-3, 
made choice of Thomas Marvin of Simsbury to be his guardian, which 
choice this Court allows. The said Marvin before this Court acknowl- 
edged himself bound to the Judge of this Court that he will faithfully 
discharge the trust, etc. 



Page 304-5. 



Cornwell, Capt. Joseph, Middletown. Invt. £804-03-02. Taken 26 
March, 1741, by Nathaniel Gilbert, William Rockwell and Jonathan 
Allin, Will dated 22 October, 1740. 

I, Joseph Cornwell of Middletown, in the County of Hartford, do 
make this my last will and testament : I give to Elizabeth, my wife, all 
and every part of the estate that did belong to her when I married her, 
and the equal half of all my household goods that have been added to 
my estate since our marriage. I also give to her one horse kind, which 
(of mine) she shall choose, and 1-3 of my stock of neat cattle and sheep, 
after two oxen, two 3-year-old heifers and six sheep are taken out of 
the whole, to be to her, her heirs and assigns forever. I also give to my 
wife, for and during the time she shall remain my widow, the liberty 
of part of my dwelling house, cellar, oven, barn, well and a garden plat, 
as I have reserved the same for her in my deed of gift to my youngest 
son Nathaniel Cornwell. And I do hereby oblige my three sons, Joseph, 
Daniel and Nathaniel, to find and provide suitable and convenient fire- 
wood and bread corne, and both winter and summer keeping sufficient 
for one horse and one cowe, or for 2 cows (she shall choose), during 
the time she remains my widow. I give to my eldest son, Joseph Cornwell, 
what I have already given him by deed of gift, and 1-4 part of my right 
in the land and buildings that did belong to my brother William Cornwell, 
and 1-3 part of all my husbandr)"^ tools and utensils, and 1-3 part of my 
horse kind (after my wife hath taken one). I give to my 2nd son, 
Daniel Cornwell, what I have already given him by deed of gift, and 1-4 
part of my right in the land and buildings that did belong to my brother 
William Cornwell, and 1-3 part of all my husbandry tools and utensils, 
and one 3-year-old heifer (which of mine he shall choose), and 1-3 of 
my horse kind (after my wife hath taken one). I give to my youngest 
son, Nathaniel Cornwell, what I have already given him by deed of gift, 
and 1-2 of my right in the lands and buildings that did belong to my 
brother William Cornwell, and 1-3 part of all my husbandry tools and 
utensils, and the benefit of the payment that I have made to my brother 
John Cornwell and his son John for about 1-2 an acre of land, desireing 
them to pass a deed thereof to my son Nathaniel. I also give to my sd. 
son two oxen, 6 sheep (which he shall choose) and one 3-year-old heifer, 
and all the remainder of my family provisions after enough thereof is 
taken to support my wife and family that shall remain to dwell in my 



1737 TO 1742. PROBATE RECORDS. 249 

house one whole year. My meaning is, that all my swine, corne, cyder, 
&c., be accounted family provisions, only I reserve so much syder as to 
pay John Kirby for 6 black chairs which I have agreed with him for for 
my daughter Abigail Miller. I also give to my son Nathaniel all my 
money and credit by book, bonds or notes of hand, which is in considera- 
tion that I have given him my dwelling house in which I now dwell, 
which will in a short time want repairing, and that I do hereby oblige 
my sd. son to pay all my just debts and funeral charges and provide for 
my wife a decent mourning gown, scarf and veil, and for my other two 
sons to each of them a mourning weed, and for my two daughters to 
each a mourning scarf and veil. I give to my daughter Abigail Miller, 
besides what I have already given her, one chest of drawers and a round 
table which I have paid Waitstill John Plumb for, and the six black 
chairs above mentioned, and the equal half of all the household goods 
that were mine before my last marriage, and 1-4 part of all my house- 
hold goods that have been added since my last marriage. I also give her 
1-3 of all my stock of neat cattle and sheep after the above-mentioned 2 
oxen, 2 heifers and 6 sheep are taken out. I give to my daughter Eliza- 
beth Bacon, besides what I have already given her, the equal half of all 
the household goods that were mine before my last marriage, and 1-4 
part of all my household goods that have been added since my last mar- 
riage, and also give her 1-3 of all my stock of neat cattle and sheep 
after the above-mentioned 2 oxen, 2 heifers and 6 sheep have been taken 
out. I do give to my three sons all my wearing apparrell. I appoint my 
youngest son Nathaniel Cornwell sole executor. 

Witness : Nathaniel Bacon, Joseph Cornwell, ls. 

William Ward ^rd, William Rockwell. 

Court Record, Page 86 — 7 April, 1741 : Will proven. 



Page 77. 

Cotton, Samuel, Sen., Middletown. Invt. £620-1 1-05. Taken 28 
April, 1738, by Benjamin Adkins, Jonathan Allyn and William Rockwell, 
Will dated 16 November, 1737. 

I, Samuel Cotton, Sen., of Middletown, in the County of Hartford, 
do make this my last will and testament: I give unto Experience, my 
wife, all my household goods of what name soever which she brought 
with her when we were married, and i cow, i heifer and my iron kettle, 
to be at her own dispose. I give to my son Samuel i equal third part of 
my right in the piece of land that is laid out in the third division to the 
heirs of my mother Mary Cotton deceased, and 4 acres of land called the 
Indian Point, which 4 acres shall lye next to the Boggy Meadow ; and a 
large sermon book which was my father John Cotton's, entitled "Gospel 
Conversation." I give to my son Ebenezer 1-3 part of my right in the 
piece of land that is laid out in the third division to the heirs of my mother 
Mary Cotton deceased, and 3 acres more of land called Indian Point, to 



250 PROBATE RECORDS. VOL. XIII, 

lye next to Samuel's 4 acres, and the equal half of all my carpenters' 
and joyners' tools after John hath taken the tools I have particularly 
mentioned hereafter, only I give to Ebenezer my 2-inch augur. I give 
to my son John my broad axe, vears, adice, inch and a half augur and 
inch augur, and 2 or 3 old narrow chisells, and a piece of a square, and 
the equal half of all the remainder of all my carpenter and joyner tools 
except my 2-inch augur. I give to my sons John and William my dwel- 
ling house and homelott and all the remainder of my land at Indian 
Point, and the other third part of my right in a piece of land that was 
laid out in the third division to the heirs of my mother Mary Cotton de- 
ceased, and all my stock and husbandry tools and utensils except the 
cow and heifer I have given to my wife. And my will is that my two 
sons John and William shall pay all my just debts and funeral charges. 
And further, I give to my two sons John and William all my boggy 
meadow, they paying to my two daughters, Mary and Elizabeth, to each 
£6-10 money, and to the two children of my daughter Prudence, to each 
of them 20 shillings. I further give to my daughter Mary my cubboard, 
and to my daughter Elizabeth my chest. And my will is that my sons 
John and William shall pay to my daughter Lydia 20 shillings money. 
I make my wife Experience and my brother-in-law Samuel Hall execu- 
tors. 

Witness : John Elton, Samuel Cotton, ls. 

John Chivers (Cheeverf), William Rockwell. 

Court Record, Page 28 — 2 May, 1738: Will proven. 



Page 286. 

Cotton, Samuel, Middletown. Invt. £162-13-03. Taken 18 May, 
1 74 1, by Nathaniel Gilbert, Benjamin Cornell and Jonathan AUyn. 

Court Record, Page 65 (Vol. XV) 12 May, 1748: Elihu Cotton, a 
minor, age 17 years, son of Samuel Cotton, Jr., chose Capt. Jonathan 
AUin of Middletown to be his guardian. Recog., £500. 



Page 57-8. 

Cowles, Isaac, Jr., Farmington (Southington Parish). Invt. £976- 
03-06. Taken 15 November, 1737, by Isaac Lewis and Thomas Hart. 
Will dated 24 September, 1737. 

I, Isaac Cowles of Southington, in Farmington, in the County of 
Hartford, do make this my last will and testament : I give unto my wife 
Jerusha Cowles 1-3 part of all my estate excepting what came by my 
first wife. I give to my son Isaac Cowles, and to his heirs and assigns 
forever, all my estate excepting what came by my first wife and £40 of 
my estate, and also excepting what is not already given for the use of my 
wife, unless that I have a son by my present wife, and if I have a son by 



1737 TO 1742. PROBATE RECORDS. 2$ I 

her, I give and bequeath unto him, and to his heirs and assigns forever, 
1-2 of what I gave to my son Isaac excepting £40; but if I have a daugh- 
ter by my present wife, I give unto her out of what I gave to my son 
Isaac as much as I give to my present daughter Mary Cowles, hereafter 
named, excepting £30. I give unto my daughter Mary Cowles all the 
estate that came by my first wife and £40 of my estate. And I, Isaac 
Cowles, do constitute and appoint my wife Jerusha Cowles to be my 
executrix, and my brother-in-law Samuel Root executor. 
Witness : Jeremiah Curtiss, Isaac X Cowles, ls. 

Daniel Hooker, Daniel Andrus. 

Court Record, Page 17 — 6 December, 1737: Will proven. 

Page 18 — 6 December, 1737: Samuel Root, of the Parish of South- 
ington, is appointed guardian to Isaac Cowles, son of Isaac Cowles, Jr. 
Recog., iioo. And this Court do appoint Capt. Isaac Cowles of Farm- 
ington to be guardian to Mary Cowles, age 6 years, daughter of sd. deed. 
Recog., iioo. 

Page 26 — 17 March, 1737-8: Ruth Cowles, age 6 months, a post- 
humous child of Isaac Cowles, this Court do appoint Jerusha Cowles, 
widow, to be guardian. Recog., £100. 

Page 70 (Vol. XVI) 4 August, 1752: Isaac Cowles, a minor, now 
16 years of age, chose Samuel Root to be his guardian. Recog., £500. 

Page 108- — 2 October, 1753 : Ruth Cowles, a minor, 16 years of age, 
daughter of Isaac Cowles, chose Eldad Lewis to be her guardian. 
Recog., £300. 



Page 157-8. 



Curtiss, Richard, Hebron. Invt. £1825-17-10. Taken 26 June, 1739, 
by Jordon Post and Obadiah Dunham. Will dated 8 May, 1739. 

I, Richard Curtiss of Hebron, in the County of Hartford, do make 
this my last will and testament: Imprimis. I give to Abigail, my wife, 
1-3 part of my moveable estate forever, whom likewise I make, with my 
son Richard, the sole executors. I give to my son Richard all my other 
lands whereon I now dwell, with all the appurtenances, he paying to his 
brethren such legacies as I do herein give and bequeath, viz. : I will 
that my sd. son Richard shall pay or cause to be paid the sum of iioo 
money or chattells to each of my three youngest sons, viz., Jonathan, 
John and Henry, as they or each of them come to the age of 21 years, 
that is to say, each of their legacies to be £100 as aforementioned. I give 
to my son David one certain tract of meadow land lying near a meadow 
commonly called Major's Meadow, with all the appurtenances, and also 
my youngest horse colt, which colt shall be kept by Richard his brother 
if my sd. son David sees cause to abide in subjection unto his brother 
Richard until the age of 21 years, which is my great desire. I give to my 
daughter Abigail my weaving loom, together with 1-2 of my weaving 
gears or tackling, also one set of bed curtains which is now almost com- 
pleted or made by preparing for the same. I give to my daughter 



252 PROBATE RECORDS. VOL. XIII, 

Mehetabell my wool combs, together with all the things thereunto be- 
longing, for the combing of wool, and a set of curtains, in the same 
manner as to Abigail. I give to my daughter Deborah the 1-2 of my 
weaving gear or tackling, that is, the other half thereof, and a set of 
curtains, in the same manner as to Abigail. I give to my daughter 
Dorothy, the wife of Azariah Brown, 4 sheep over and above of what I 
have already given them heretofore, which amounted to £38-16-00. And 
all the rest of my moveable estate I give, devise and dispose to and 
amongst all my daughters, viz., Abigail, Mehetabell, Deborah, Dorothy, 
Hannah and Elizabeth, equally to be divided as they shall come to law- 
full age or marry, these particulars only excepted: my cart, sled, one 
plow, two draft chains and all my axes and hoes, one yoke and horse 
harrow, which shall be to and for the use of my sd. executrix and execu- 
tor. And also my sd. son Richard to have my smallest gunn, and my 
son David to have my other gunn and sword. That is to say, that which 
I have already give to my daughter Dorothy shall be included in the 
equal division to and with her sisters. I do here in my last will and 
testament give free liberty unto my sd. wife and each of my sd. daugh- 
ters to abide and remain in my now dwelling house until marriage, viz., 
my wife to have free use and liberty therein during her widowhood ; and 
daughters to use and have liberty in my westerly room until they marry, 
and not otherwise. 

Witness : John Birchard, Richard Curtiss, ls. 

Jordan Post, Jr., Edmund Wells. 

Court Record, Page 53 — 7 August, 1739: Will proven. 



Page 186-7. 

Curtiss, Samuel, Hebron. Invt. £127-15-02, personal estate. Taken 
4 April, 1740, by Hez: Gaylord, Jonathan White and Joseph Phelps. 
Will dated 24 May, 1733. 

I, Samuel Curtiss of Hebron, do make and ordain this my last will 
and testament: I give to Caleb, my eldest son, 1-3 part of all my tools 
over and above of what I have heretofore given him in land, which may 
fully appear by a deed of gift, and also 1-3 part of the fruit of my 
orchard for 10 years after my death, whome I likewise make my sole 
executor. I give to Samuel and Hosea, my sons, all my other lands and 
buildings, equally to be divided between them, Samuel to have the south 
part of my land, and Hosea to have the north. I give to Sarah, my 
daughter, my loom and all my weaving tackling. And all the rest of 
my moveable estate I will and give to all my daughters, viz., Mary, Eliz- 
abeth, Abigail, Sarah and Dinah, equally to be divided amongst them 
all. And I will and hereby order that Joel my son shall have £20 money 
for his leeacy (to be paid to him by my son Caleb) within one year after 
he comes to lawfull age. And I will and hereby order that Naniard, my 
son, shall have £20 money for his legacy (to be paid to him by my sons 



1737 TO 1742, PROBATE RECORDS. 253 

Samuel and Hosea equally) within one year after he comes to lawfull 
age. And it is my desire and will that my brother Richard Curtiss shall, 
by this my last will and testament, oversee and have special charge to 
oversee that every one of my children have their legacy well distributed, 
and that every one of my children yt lives to lawfull age and receives 
their legacy, it shall be to them and their heirs and their assigns forever. 
And further, it is my will that Caleb, my son and executor, shall have 
power and authority, and I do by this my will impower and give him, my 
sd. son and executor, authority (by and with the advice of Richard, 
overseer) to put out Naniard my sd. son as an apprentice, so that he may 
learn some good trade, until he be 21 years of age. 
Witness : Joseph Porter, Samuel Curtiss, ls. 

John Sprage, Samuel Heton {Eaton?), Jr. 

Court Record, Page 65 — 6 May, 1740: Naniard Curtiss, age 15 
years, son of Samuel Curtiss, chose his brother Caleb Curtiss to be his 
guardian. Recog., £50. 

Page 66 — 6 May, 1740: Will proven. Invt. of personal estate ex- 
hibited and accepted. 



Page 290. 

Curtiss, Capt. Thomas, Wethersfield. Invt. £1231-07-06. Taken 23 
March, 1734, by John Stilman, Josiah Talcott and Samuel Woolcott. 
Will dated 3 August, 1734. 

I, Thomas Curtiss of Wethersfield, marriner, do make this my last 
will and testament : First : I give to my eldest son Ambrose my dwelling 
house and barn and so much of my land as shall make him a double share 
of the rest of my children. I give to my son James and to my son Wait- 
still the rest of my land, all my real estate to my three sons, to them and 
their heirs and assigns forever, with this intention and on this condition, 
that they and each of them pay their equal parts of £80 to my daughter 
Experience and i8o to my daughter Rachell as soon as they arrive at 
lawfull age. I give and devise to my daughter Experience the half of my 
moveable estate, which I esteem at £40, and £80 to be paid to her by her 
three brothers when she comes at the age of 18 years. I give to my 
daughter Rachel the other half of my moveable estate and £80 money, to 
be paid her by her three brothers, Ambrose, James and Waitstill, when she 
comes to be 18 years of age. I appoint Mr. Ebenezer Deming, Sen., 
with my eldest son, executors. 

Witness : Benjamin Deming, Thomas Curtiss, ls. 

Robert Mackee, Elizabeth Mackee. 

Whereas, our honoured father, Capt. Thomas Curtiss, aforesd., made 
and declared the foregoing writing to be his last will and testament, and 
two of the witnesses to the foregoing will being removed out of the 
County of Hartford and not likely to be come at or their evidencing to 
sd. will, we, the subscribers, being the only heirs to the sd. estate, do 



254 PROBATE RECORDS. VOL, XIII^ 

hereby actually agree for ourselves and heirs forever that the foresd. 
will of the sd. Capt. Thomas Curtiss shall be a final settlement of his 
estate, and that we and every of us do hereby acknowledge that we ac- 
cept of what is given us in sd. writing or will as our whole share of the 
estate of our honoured father as aforesd., and do hereby discharge each 
other of any further demand of sd. estate, and that our brother James 
Curtiss take Adms. on sd. estate of our father aforesd., and when he hath 
finished his Adms. that then the remainder of sd. estate shall be distributed 
to each of us respectively according as is expressed or set forth in the 
aforesd. writing or will. Also, we agree that Mr. Ebenezer Deming, 
who was appointed an executor to the aforesd. will, be Adms. with our 
brother as aforesd. And in confirmation that the foregoing is our mu- 
tuall agreement, we have hereunto sett our hands and seals in Hartford 

this 17th day of April, 1741. Experience Curtiss, ls. 

James Curtiss, ls. Ambrose X Curtiss, ls. 

John Stilman, ls., Guardian to Waitstill Curtiss, ls. 
JosiAH Talcott, ls., Guardian to Rachell Curtiss, ls. 

Court Record, Page 87 — 7 April, 1741 : A writing called the last 
will and testament of Capt. Thomas Curtiss, agreed upon by the severall 
heirs to the estate, was now exhibited in Court, and the severall 
heirs acknowledged their hands and seals to sd. agreement was their 
voluntary act and deed. Also, this Court grant Adms. on sd. estate unto 
James Curtiss, son of the sd. deceased, and Ebenezer Deming of sd, 
Wethersfield, who gave bonds accordingly. Rachel Curtiss, age 17 years, 
chose Josiah Talcott to be her guardian. Recog., £300. Waitstill Cur- 
tiss, age 17 years, chose John Stilman of Wethersfield to be his guardian. 
Recog., £300. 

Page 107 — 26 January, 1741-2: James Curtiss, Adms., exhibited an 
account of his Adms., he being appointed Adms. with the will annexed, 
by which account it appears he has paid in debts and charges £29-16-00, 
and received in -10-03, which account is accepted and ordered on file. 
James Curtiss, Adms., now moves this Court for distribution : Where- 
upon this Court appoint John Stilman, Josiah Talcott and Samuel Wol- 
cott distributors. 

Page 2 (Vol. XIV) 6 April, 1742: Report of the distributors. 



Page 143 (Vol. XIV). 



Curtiss, William, Jun., Wethersfield. Invt. £239-17-08. Taken 13 
April, 1744, by Jonathan Belding and John Warner. Personal estate ap- 
prised in old tenor. 

Court Record, Page 27 — 10 April, 1738: Adms. on the estate of 
William Curtiss, Jun., late of Wethersfield deed., to William Curtiss, 
father of the deed., who gave bond with James Michell of Wethersfield 
in £400, 



1737 TO 1742. PROBATE RECORDS. 255 

Page 41 (Vol. XIV) 17th March, 1743-4: This Court grants Adms. 
on the estate of William Curtiss, late of Wethersfield deed., unto John 
Crane of Wethersfield and Lydia Crane, his wife. Recog., £500, with 
Thomas Harris of Wethersfield. 

Page 45 — 3 July, 1744: Inventory exhibited, approved, and ordered 
recorded and kept on file. (No further record found of this estate.) 

This record may he considered as two estates, that of father and 
son, the father having been administrator upon the son's estate and dying 
before having made any report of his accounts to the Court, and the re- 
corded inventory being accepted as the estate of the father. Supposing 
this Lydia Crane to have been the zvife or sister of William Curtiss, Jun., 
and only heir to this property, the case would appear as settled out of 
Court. 



Page 273, 331. 

Day, John, Hartford. Invt. £62-18-02 in Hartford, ii8-ii-02 in 
Killingworth. Taken 19 May, 1741, by William Pratt and Jos: Talcott, 
Jr., in Hartford. Taken 17 July, 1742, by John Stephens and Daniel 
Redfield in Killingworth. 

Court Record, Page 83 — 25 February, 1 740-1 : Adms. to Ensign 
James Church. Recog., £200, with Maynard Day. 

. Page 89 — 20 May, 1741 : Exhibit of account. 

Page 97 — 15 August, 1741 : The Adms. may sell land, per act of the 
General Assembly, May, 1741. 

Page 109 — 16 February, 1741-2: The Adms. reports the estate in- 
solvent, and this Court appoint John Edwards and Nathaniel Hooker 
commissioners. 

Page 55 (Vol. XIV) 4 February, 1744-5: James Church, Adms., 
exhibits an account of his Adms., whereby it appears he has paid in debts 
and charges £12-17-00, which account is allowed. Also exhibited a re- 
port of the commissioners, which report is likewise approved. And this 
Court now order the Clerk of this Court to make an average on sd. 
estate so that the creditors may have their just proportion thereof. 



Page 179. 

Deming, Noadiah, Wethersfield. Invt. £681-12-00, Taken 23 Au- 
gust, 1739, by Joseph Curtiss, Nathaniel Wright and Joseph Goodrich. 

Court Record, Page 54 — 4 September, 1739: Adms. granted to 
Ruth Deming, widow. Recog., £500, with Nathaniel Wright. 

Page 114 (Vol. XV) 2 January, 1749-50: An account of Adms. 
was now exhibited in Court by Ruth Deming, Adms. Accepted. This 
Court do order the estate to be dist. as follows : 



256 PROBATE RECORDS. VOL. XIII, 

£ S d 
To the widow Ruth Deming in moveables, 50-04-06 

To Solomon Deming, eldest son, 183-09-06 

To Hezekiah, Dudley, Zachariah and Dorothy Deming, to each, 91-14-06 

And appoint Lt. Joseph Goodrich, Joseph Curtice and Hezekiah' 
Butler distributors. 

Page 137 — 7 August, 1750: Zachariah Deming, 15 years of age, 
son of Noadiah Deming, chose his uncle Gideon Deming to be his guar- 
dian. Recog., £500. 



Denslow, George, Windsor. Court Record, Page 24 — 7 March, 
1737-8: Adms. granted on sd. estate unto William Alderman of Sims- 
bury. Recog., £30, with Samuel Allyn of Windsor. 



Page 296. 

Dix, Leonard, Wethersfield. Invt. £838-11-05. Taken 6 October, 
1741, by Thomas Hurlbutt, Timothy Wright and Timothy Baxter. 

Court Record, Page loi — 30 November, 1741 : Adms. granted to 
Elisha Griswold of Wethersfield, who gave bond with Elisha Boardman 
of Wethersfield of £500. 

Page 108 — 2 February, 1741-2: Elisha Griswold, Adms., exhibited 
an account of his Adms. Accepted by the Court and ordered to be 
recorded and kept on file. 

Page 326 (Probate Side) : An agreement, made this 2nd day of 
February, 1741-2, for the distribution of the estate of Leonard Dix deed., 
concluded and consented unto and by the heirs and guardians to the 
minors and their heirs to sd. estate, is that what particulars follow to 
each name of such heirs hereafter respectively annexed shall be such 
heir's part or portion of sd. estate: 

£ s d 
To Elisha Griswold and Abigail his wife, 242-12-03 

To Elisha Boardman and his wife, 226-10-08 

To Rebeckah Dix, 139-00-09 

To Jacob and to Charles Dix equally together, 278-08-00 

The foregoing concluded and consented the day of the date above- 
written. Signed, sealed and acknowledged before the Court of Probate. 



Elisha Griswold, ls. 
Abigail Griswold, ls. 
Elisha Boardman, ls. 
Hannah Boardman, ls. 



Rebeckah Dix, ls. 

Elisha Griswold, Guardian 

TO Charles Dix, ls. 
Elisha Boardman, Guardian 

TO Jacob Dix, ls. 



1737 TO 1742. PROBATE RECORDS. 257 

Page lop: An agreement for the settlement of the estate of Leonard 
Dix, late of tVethersfield deed., and of his son Leonard Dix of said Weth- 
ersHeld, was now exhibited in Court by the heirs to said estates under 
their hands and seals, who acknowledged said agreement to be their 
voluntary act, etc. 



Page 89. 

Dodd, John, Hartford. Invt. £73-12-10. Taken 12 April, 1738, by 
Jonathan Butler and John Skinner, Jr. 

Court Record, Page 27 — 10 April, 1738: Adms. to Edward Dodd. 
Recog., £300, with John Spencer. 



Page 241. 

Doud, David, Middletown. Invt. £1234-19-04. Taken 20 Novem- 
ber, 1740, by Nathaniel Gilbert, William Rockwell and Joseph Clark. 
Will dated 19 July, 1740. 

I, David Doud of Middletown, in the County of Hartford, do make 
this my last will and testament: My will is that my estate be settled 
according to the antient custom of this Colony relateing to intestate 
estates, and appoint my wife Mary and my eldest son Cornwell Doud 
executors. 

Witness : Joseph Clark, David Doud, ls. 

Miriam Clark, William Rockwell. 

Court Record, Page 80 — 6 January, 1 740-1 : Will proven. 

Page 24 (Vol. XIV) 7 June, 1743 : Mary Doud and Cornwell Doud, 
executors to the last will and testament of David Doud, late of Middle- 
town, presented an account of £121-06-02. Allowed and ordered on 
file. And they move this Court that the estate be distributed according 
to the will, whereupon this Court appoint Lt. Nathaniel Gilbert, William 
Rockwell and Jonathan Allyn, of Windsor, distributors. This Court ap- 
point Cornwell Doud of Middletown to be guardian to Giles Doud, age 8 
years, and Ebenezer Doud, age 4 years, children of David Doud. Recog., 
£200. 

Page 25 — 7 June, 1743 : This Court appoint Mary Doud, widow, to 
be guardian to Desiah Doud, Hannah and Jane Doud, minor children 
of David Doud. Recog., £200. And Richard Doud, age 19 years, Ben- 
jamin 17, and Mary 15, chose their uncle Joseph Clarke of Middletown 
to be their guardian. Recog., £500. 

Dist. File : 7 June, 1743 : To Mrs. Mary Doud, widow ; to Corn- 
well, to David, to Richard, to Benjamin, to Giles, to Ebenezer, to Mary, 
to Desiah, to Hannah, and to Jane Doud. By Nathaniel Gilbert and Wil- 
liam Rockwell. 

Page 29 — 6 September, 1743 : Report of the distributors. 



258 PROBATE RECORDS. VOL. XIII, 

Inventory on File. 

Eaton, Daniel, Windsor. Inventory taken 27 January, 1738-9, by 
John Burroughs, Daniel Elsworth and Isaac Davis. Abigail Eaton, ex- 
ecutrix, exhibited the inventory in Court. Accepted. 



Page III. 

Eaton, William, Tolland. Invt. i49i-05-o6. Taken 15 February, 
1737-8, by John Lathrop and Zebulon West. 

Court Record, Page 28 — 13 April, 1738: Adms. to Rachel Eaton, 
widow. Recog., £300, with John Polk of Tolland. 

Page 103 (Vol. XVII) 6 April, 1756: An account of Adms. was 
now exhibited in Court by Nathan and Rachel Wheeler, Adms., which 
account is accepted by the Court. 



Page 247-8-9. 

Emmons, Peter, Tolland. Invt. £833-10-06. Taken by Edy Hatch 
and Ichabod Lathrop. Will dated 30 October, 1740. 

I, Peter Emmons of Tolland, in the County of Hartford, do make 
this my last will and testament: After my just debts and funeral charges 
are paid, what remains of my real and personal estate I do give and be- 
queath to my grandson Daniel Brown, who lives with me, to him and 
his heirs forever, upon the following conditions: ist. That he live to the 
age of 21 years. 2nd. That he pay these following legacies to my grand- 
children hereafter named successively as they arrive at the age of 21 
years ; and although some of the legatees are older than the sd. Daniel, 
and, if they live, will arrive to 21 years before the sd. Daniel, yet my will 
is that neither of sd. legacies be payable until the sd. Daniel arrive to the 
age of 22 years ; then the sd. Daniel to pay the following legacies one 
year after another to my grandchildren as they come of age : to pay 
Cornelius Brown, his brother, £40; next year, to his sister Mehetabell 
Brown, £40; nextly, to Ebenezer Brown, his brother, £40; nextly, his 
sister Elizabeth Brown £50; nextly, to his brother Emmons Brown £50; 
all to be paid in bills of credit of the old or present tenor and made equal 
unto silver at eight and twenty shillings per ounce. Should sd. Daniel 
die before the age of one and twenty years, or without issue, the estate 
to vest in Emmons Brown, he paying the legacies aforesd. In case of 
the death of both Daniel and Emmons, then the estate in the hands of the 
executors to be improved for the heirs as they shall think proper. I ap- 
point Capt. Samuel Chapman and Lt. Ebenezer Nie executors. 
Witness: Stephen Steele, Peter X Emmons, ls. 

Shubael Sterns, Ichabod Hinckley. 

Court Record, Page 79 — 6 January, 1 740-1 : Will proven. 



1737 TO 1742. PROBATE RECORDS. 259 

Page 55-6. 

Ensign, Thomas, Hartford. Invt. £916-06-01. Taken 20 January, 
1737-8, by Thomas Richards and Benjamin Cathng. Will dated 9 Jan- 
uary, 1737-8. 

I, Thomas Ensign of Hartford, do make this my last will and testa- 
ment: I give and bequeath to my loving wife Hannah Ensign the 1-2 of 
the houseing and homestead whereon I now dwell, and also 20 acres of 
meadowland for her improvement during her natural life, and also the 
free use of all my moveables within doors, and the provisions that shall 
be laid in and left at my decease, and half my stock of creatures, for her 
comfortable support during life. I give to my son Thomas Ensign 1-4 
part of my right in the western land, which in the whole is 530 acres, 
and lyeth undivided in the northeast township, to be for him and his 
heirs forever. And further, I give him my stake and round knife. I 
give to my son John Ensign 1-4 of my western land before described. 
I give to my son Daniel Ensign the free use of the dwelling house and 
land at the west division, bounded east on John Skinner, Jr.'s land and 
west on a highway, north on land of Thomas Sanford and south on land 
of Thomas Cadwell; and also 1-4 of my western land before described. 
And further, my will is that after my sd. son Daniel Ensign's decease, 
sd. land at the west division and western land shall be equally divided 
to his surviving sons. I give to my son Moses Ensign 1-4 part of my 
western land before described, and also all my shop tools not before 
disposed of. I give to my daughter Hannah Ensign, alias Benton, the 
free use and improvement of all such household goods within doors 
(excepting books), viz., bedds, bedding, furniture, linen, woolen, tables, 
cupboards, chaires, desks, boxes, pewter, brass, iron or other household 
goods whatsoever that shall be left after the decease of myself and my 
wife. And also my will is that my sd. daughter Hannah shall have free 
liberty to dispose of sd. goods to her children after her decease as she 
will. And further, I give to my sd. daughter Hannah Benton 40 shillings 
money. I give all my goods to be equally divided amongst all my chil- 
dren. I appoint my two sons, Thomas Ensign and Moses Ensign, ex- 
ecutors. 

Witness : Samuel Shepherd, Thomas Ensign, ls. 

William Andrews, Moses Nash. 

Court Record, Page 23 — 28 February, 1737-8: Will proven. 



Invt. in Vol. XIV, Page 16-21. 

Famsworth, Joseph, Hartford. Invt. £256-16-02. Taken 7 January, 
1 741 -2, by John Edwards and James Bicknell. 

Part of the invt., £230-02-04, is real estate belonging to sd. estate, 
which lyes in the Township of Stoughton, in the County of Suffolk, 



26o PROBATE RECORDS. VOL. XIII, 

within His Magestie's Province of the Massachusetts Bay in New Eng- 
land. Taken 7 January, 1742, by James Blake and Thomas Wis well. 

Suffolk, S. S. : Dorchester, 17 January, 1742: The above written 
James Blake and Thomas Wiswell, sufficient freeholders in the Town of 
Dorchester, within the County of Suffolk, personally appearing made 
oath that the above apprisement is just and true according to their best 
skill and judgement. Before me, Benjamin Bird, J. P. 

Farmington, 22 April, 1743: We, the subscribers hereof, being de- 
sired to apprise some part of the real estate belonging unto Joseph Farns- 
worth, do apprise as followeth: To i piece or parcel of land lying and 
being within the bounds of Farmington, in the 6th and last division of 
land, lying west from the reserved land in the abovesd. town, which is 
part of the 2nd lott in number drawn upon the original right of John 
Warner, Sen., deed., and as it appears to us upon record the number of 
acres 41 3-4, apprised at £52-10-06 by us : Isaac Cowles and Giles Hooker. 

Court Record, Page 103 — 23 December, 1741 : Christian Farns- 
worth, 13 years of age, daughter of Joseph Farns worth deed., Mr. 
Thomas Wells of Hartford to be her guardian. Recog., iioo. Abigail 
Farns worth, one of the daughters, and Elizabeth Farns worth, age 14 
years, chose Deacon John Edwards of Hartford to be their guardian; 
also to be guardian to James Farnsworth, age 7 years. Recog., £100. 
This Court do appoint Timothy Biggelow of Hartford guardian to 
Samuel Farnsworth, age 9 years. Recog., £100. All children of Joseph 
Farnsworth deceased. 

Page 109 — 10 February, 1741-2: Adms. on the estate of Joseph 
Farnsworth to Thomas Wells of Hartford, who gave bond with John 
Edwards of Hartford. Also, the administrator, with Joseph Farnsworth 
of Wethersfield and Mary Nichols of Hartford, exhibited an inventory. 
Accepted, ordered recorded and filed. The administrator informs this 
Court that he suspects said estate is insolvent: Whereupon this Court 
appoint Messrs. James Bicknell and Joseph Talcott commissioners to 
adjust the claims of the several creditors. 

Page 17 (Vol. XIV) 15 February, 1742-3: A report of the com- 
missioners on sd. estate was now exhibited in this Court under the hands 
of James Bicknall and Joseph Talcott, commissioners appointed by this 
Court, which report is accepted and ordered to be kept on file. 

Page 33 — 6 December, 1743 : Whereas, the General Assembly 
holden at Hartford on the 2nd Thursday in May, 1743, impowered 
Thomas Welles, Adms. on the estate of Joseph Farnsworth, to sell the 
land of the sd. deceased, that so the creditors may have their just pro- 
portions on sd. estate as the law directs, takeing the advice of the Court 
of Probates in the District of Hartford aforesd. : Whereupon this Court 
directs the sd. Adms. to set up advertisement in the towns of Hartford 
and Farmingtown signifying that there is to be sold at publick vandue, 
at the beat of the drum, one parcell of land within the bounds of Farm- 
ingtown, in the 6th and last division of land, lying west from the re- 
served lands in Farmingtown, which is part of the 2nd lott in number 



1737 TO 1742. PROBATE RECORDS. 26I 

drawn upon the original right of John Warner deed., and appears by 
record to be 41 3-4 acres, to be sold to the highest bidder at such a day 
and time of day by sd. Adms. 

Page 35 (Vol. XV) II May, 1747: Samuel Farnsworth, age 14 
years, son of Joseph Farnsworth, chose his uncle William Nichols of 
Hartford to be his guardian. And this Court appoint the sd. William 
Nichols guardian to Elizabeth Farnsworth and James Farnsworth, also 
children of sd. deed., their former guardian John Edwards desiring to be 
dismissed of his guardianship. And the sd. William Nichols recog. in 
£500. 



Page 16. 

Pilley, John, Windsor. Invt. £248-06-02. Taken 6 January, 1736-7, 
by Roger Newbery, John Cook, Jr., and Timothy Loomis, and was pre- 
sented to the Court by the widow and John the son. 

Court Record, Page 3 — 8 March, 1737: This Court grant Adms. on 
the estate of John Filley, late of Windsor deceased, unto Mary Filley, 
widow, who gave bond with Benedict Alverd of Windsor. Also ex- 
hibited an inventory, which was ordered recorded. 

Page 120 (Vol. XV) 6 March, 1749-50: This Court now grant 
Adms. unto David Filley of Windsor, who gave bond with Caleb Phelps. 

Page 123 — 3 April, 1750: An account of Adms. was now exhibited 
by David Filley, Adms. Account accepted, and this Court order that 
the real estate be dist., viz., to John Filley, grandson of the deceased, a 
double portion, and to Joseph Filley, Amos Filley, David Filley and 
Daniel Filley, sons of the deceased, to each of them their single portions 
of sd. estate. And appoint Henry Allyn, Esq., Capt. Peletiah Mills and 
Richard Cook, of Windsor, distributors. 



Filley, Mary. Court Record, Page 131 (Vol. XV) 5 June, 1750: 
This Court grant Adms. on the estate of widow Mary Filley, late of 
Windsor deed., unto David Filley, son of the deceased, who gave bond 
with Capt. Pelatiah Mills in £500. 

Page 14 (Vol. XVI) 5 February, 1750-1 : David Filley, Adms. 
having finished his account of Adms., now moves for a dist. of moveable 
estate. Whereupon this Court appoints Richard Cook, Return Strong 
and Samuel Stoughton to dist. the estate: To the heirs of John Filley, 
which was the eldest son, now deceased, £7-06-02, it being their double 
share of sd. estate; and to Joseph, Amos, David and Daniel Filley, to 
each of them £3-13-01, which is their single share of sd. estate; and make 
return of their doings to this Court. 

Page 16 — 6 March, 1750-1 : Report of the distributors accepted. 



262 PROBATE RECORDS. VOL. XIII, 

Page 51. 

Pilley, John, Windsor. Invt. £249-12-00. Taken 16 August, 1737, 
by John Wilson, John Cook and Timothy Loomis. 

Court Record, Page 13 — 5 July, 1737: This Court grant Adms. on 
the estate of John Filley, late of Windsor deceased, unto Rebekah Filley, 
widow relict of the said deceased, who gave bond with Nathaniel Drake 
of Windsor. 

Page 15 — 6 September, 1737: Rebekah Filley, Adms., exhibited an 
inventory. Accepted and ordered recorded. 

Page 82 — 3 February, 1 740-1 : An account of Adms. was now ex- 
hibited in Court by Nathaniel Drake, who was bondsman for Rebeckah 
Filley, she being deceased. This Court appoint Nathaniel Drake to be 
guardian to John Filley, a minor son of the deceased. Recog., £300. 



Page 244. 

Pilley, Jonathan, Windsor. Inventory taken 4 June, 1740, by Na- 
thaniel Drake, John Cook 2nd and Timothy Loomis. Will dated 5 De- 
cember, 1739. 

I, Jonathan Filley of Windsor, do make this my last will and testa- 
ment: I give to my wife the use of 1-3 part of all my lands, and also the 
use and benefit of the north end of my dwelling house, and the north end 
of the house in which my son Jonathan lives, and the north half of the 
house in which my son Nathaniel lives, during the term of her natural 
life. Also, I give to her and her heirs forever, one cow and £30 at in- 
ventory price. I give to my son Jonathan the house in which he lives 
and the land theretmto adjoining; also 1-2 of the house in which my son 
Nathaniel lives, and 1-2 of the land that adjoins thereto; also 4 acres on 
the west side of my lower lott in the Great Meadow ; and 4 acres of land 
in the north side of my lo-acre lott near Bowfield, bounding north and 
west on my brother Josiah Filley 's land ; and 1-2 of my town common 
division, and 1-2 of all my common and undivided land in the Town of 
Windsor, and 1-2 of the common and undivided land in the Township of 
Colebrook, to him and his heirs forever. Also, I give to my son Jonathan 
the looms that he hath at the house where he lives, and 1-2 of my weav- 
er's tackling, excepting my blanket slay. I give to my son Nathaniel my 
house in which I live and all my lands thereto adjoining, and 1-2 of the 
house in which he lives, and 1-2 the land adjoining thereto, and my lott 
in the first meadow and 2nd meadow, and my lott in the Great Meadow, 
and that part of my lott in the Great Meadow not bequeathed to my son 
Jonathan, and the remainder of my lo-acre lott not given to my son 
Jonathan, and all my land at Newell Swamp, and 1-2 of my town com- 
mons division, and 1-2 of my common and undivided land in the Town of 
Windsor, and 1-2 of my common and undivided land in the Township of 
Colebrook, to him and his heirs forever. Also, I give to my son Nathaniel 
my gunn and my blanket slay, and 1-2 of all the remainder of my weav- 



1737 TO 1742. PROBATE RECORDS. 263 

er's tackling, and all my loom tackling. I give to my daughter Deborah 
Palmer ijo out of my moveable estate. I give to my daughter Anne 
Gillett the sum of £70 out of my moveable estate. All the remainder of 
my estate, both real and personal, after my debts and legacies are paid, I 
give to my two sons, Jonathan Filley and Nathaniel Filley, and appoint 
them to be my executors. 

Witness : Roger Newbcry, Jonathan Filley, ls. 

John Roberts, John Hoskins. • 

Court Record, Page 68 — 10 June, 1740: Will proven. 



Page 249. 

Filley, Rebeckah, Widow. Invt. £21-17-07. Taken 23 January, 
1 740- 1, by John Cook, John Brace and Henry Allyn. 

Court Record, Page 82 — 3 February, 1 740-1 : This Court grant 
letters of Adms. unto Nathaniel Drake, who recog. in £50 with Timothy 
Mather. 



Page loi. 

Fiske, Rev. Phineas, Haddam. Died 14 October, 1738. Invt. £2736- 
09-09. Taken 13 November, 1738, by John Fisk and Gideon Brainard. 
Books valued at £52-09-03. Taken by William Russell and David Eells. 
Will dated 18 September, 1738. 

I, Phineas Fiske of Haddam, in the County of Hartford, do make 
this my last will and testament : Imprimis. I give to my wife Lydia 
Fiske 1-3 part of all my personal estate of all sorts (exclusive of my 
negro woman and her child), which third part of my personal estate 
and the sd. negro woman and her child I give to my sd. wife to be her 
own forever; also I give to my sd. wife the use and improvement of 1-3 
part of all my real estate and buildings and lands during her natural 
life. I give to my only son Samuel Fiske, his heirs and assigns forever, 
my dwelling house with the lott it stands upon, and my lott before my 
door, with the barn and orchard upon it, be the sd. pieces of land more 
or 4 acres, and all my land in the Town Meadow (both what I had of Mr. 
Noyes and what I had of Sarah Smith), and all my land upon Long 
Hill, and all my land on or neare Parsonage Brook, and all my right and 
title in and to the undivided land, and my library (except my sermon 
books), and my best horse and two yoke of oxen, with all my tackling 
proper for a team, and all my husbandry tools of all sorts, and one piece 
of land in the upper meadow which I bought of Benjamin Bailey, Jr. I 
give to my 4 daughters, viz., Lydia Bartlett, Mary Brainard, Abigail 
Brainard and Elizabeth Fiske, and their heirs and assigns forever, all my 
land (which I have not in this will given to my son Samuel) to be equallv 
divided amongst them, excepting a lott in the third division in the Neck, 



264 PROBATE RECORDS. VOL. XIII, 

on the east side of the Great River, in Haddam, drawn on my right but 
not laid out, which lott I give to the sd. Mary Brainard besides 1-4 part 
of the other land. I give to my sd. 4 daughters all my personal estate 
which I have not otherwise disposed of in this will, equally to be divided 
among them all, excepting Elizabeth, to whome I give the sum of £150 
more than her sisters, she having had nothing yet. I ordain my loving 
wife Lydia Fiske and my son-in-law Hezekiah Brainard executors. 

Witness : John Fiske, Phineas Fiske, ls. 

Daniel Smith, Sarah Fiske. 

Court Record, Page 37 — 5 December, 1738: Will proven. 

Page 44 — 13 March, 1738-9: Whereas, the Rev. Phineas Fiske, in 
and by his last will, gave to his four daughters all his lands which he 
had not in and by sd. will given to his son Samuel, to be equally divided 
amongst them, and not appointing any persons to make a division of sd. 
lands : Whereupon this Court appoint Capt. John Fiske, Deacon Joseph 
Arnold and Mr. Thomas Brooks, of Haddam, to divide and make 
partition of sd. lands to and amongst the sd. daughters. 



Page 202. 

Poote, Daniel, Simsbury. Died 15 July, 1740. Invt. £1567-15-08. 
Taken 3 November, 1740, by John Hubbard, Stephen Goodwin and 
Thomas Humphrey. 

Court Record, Page 72 — 2 September, 1740: Adms. granted to 
Mary Foote, widow, who recog. in i8oo with Jonathan Olcott of Hart- 
ford. Daniel Foote, age 16 years, and Joseph Foote, age 14 years, chose 
their mother Mary Foote to be their guardian. And this Court appoint 
her guardian to John, age 11, Sarah 8, and Rachell 21-2 years, children 
of Daniel Foote. Recog., iiooo. 



Page 54. 

Forbes, James, Jr., Hartford. Died 9 January, 1736-7. Invt. £251- 
00-04. Taken 23 February, 1736-7, by Joseph Cowles, Thomas Spencer, 
Jr., and Samuel Roberts. 

Court Record, Page 28 — 3 May, 1738: Ann Forbes, widow, who 
was appointed Adms., exhibited an account of her Adms., which is ac- 
cepted. This Court also appoint Ann Forbes to be guardian to James 
Forbes, age 9 years, Ann 6 years, Aaron 4, Moses 2 years of age, and 
Silas 9 months. Recog., £500. 

Page 4 (Vol. XIV) 13 December, 1742: James Forbes, a minor, 
now 14 years of age, chose his mother Ann Forbes to be his guardian. 
Recog., i200. 



1737 TO 1742. PROBATE RECORDS. 265 

Page 106 (Vol. XV) 5 September, 1749: Ann Forbes, alias Ann 
Keney, the wife of Joseph Keney of Hartford, Adms. on the estate of 
James Forbes, Jr., by her son James Forbes moves this Court for a dist. 
of the real estate : Whereupon this Court appoint Jonathan Hill, Lt. 
Samuel Welles and Timothy Williams, of Hartford, distributors: To 
James Forbes, eldest son, 1-2 of the real estate; and to Moses Forbes, 
1-4 part thereof; and to Ann Forbes, daughter, 1-4 part; which is each 
one's part of sd. estate. And also this Court order set out to the relict 
1-3 part for her improvement during life. 

Page 108 — 3 October, 1741 : Report of the distributors. 



Page 86-7-8. 



Forward, Samuel, Simsbury. Invt. £1787-00-04. Taken 15 June, 
1738, by Isaac Gillett, John Lewis and Benjamin Oris wold, Jr. Will 
dated loth April, 1738. 

I, Samuel Forward of Simsbury, in the County of Hartford, do 
make this my last will and testament: Imprimis. I give to my wife 
Martha one room in my dwelling house, the use and the liberty to live 
in it during the time she shall continue my widow (which room is the 
outer north fire room), my eldest son Samuel Forward to have the liberty 
to live there with her in sd. room ; and the use of my well and cellar. 
I bequeath unto her likewise the use of my little bedroom in the north- 
west part of my house, to her own use ; and likewise I bequeath and 
ordain that she shall have the use of i 1-4 acres of plowing land and i 1-4 
acres of grass land and pasturing for i cow during the whole time she 
shall continue to live my widow. And it is to be understood that it is 
my will and I ordain that whereas, there was a joynture made with my 
sd. wife Martha and myself before our marriage, wherein I was obliged 
to let her have the use of one room in my house and ye use of i acre of 
grass land and i acre of plowing land, ye liberty of pasturing one cow, 
and ye use of my cellar and well, and the apples to fill two barrels of 
syder, and apples for her own use, all what she should have occasion for 
during the full term of two years after my decease, and likewise in sd« 
joynture I was to give her £20 money to be hers forever as her own 
property: I therefore ordain that, whether she remains my widow or 
not, she shall have the use of one room in the house, the use of my well, 
the use of my cellar, apples to eat winter and summer, and apples to 
fill two barrels for the full term of two years after my decease, which is 
included in our sd. joynture made before marriage ; and as, according 
to sd. joynture, I was to give her the sd. £20 to be her own property 
forever, I hereby confirm unto her and ordain she shall have sd. £20 
money with this addition, viz., three of my sheep forever, for her own 
dispose after my decease. I give unto my eldest son Samuel Forward 
1-4 part of all my lands and 2-5 part of my dwelling house, 2-5 part of 
my barn, 2-5 part of my well (reserving the above priviledges to his 
mother-in-law allowed her as a dowry during her widowhood). And I 



266 PROBATE RECORDS, VOL. XIII, 

ordain that he shall have his liberty to have my lands in Suffield as part 
of his portion if he please, and it is to be deemed or reckoned to him as 
rough land, except 31-2 acres that was formerly cleared. I give unto 
my 2nd son Joseph Forward the 1-4 part of all my land, to-wit, my home- 
lott and other land, with 1-5 part of my dwelling house, of my barn 
and of my well, to be to him forever after my decease. I give to Abell 
Forward, my third son, 1-4 part of my homelott, together with 1-4 part 
of all my other land, with 1-5 part of my house and barn and well, for- 
ever after my decease. I give unto John Forward, my fourth and young- 
est son, 1-4 part of all my lands, to-wit, 1-4 part of my homelott, with 
1-4 part of all the rest of my land, with 1-5 part of my house and barn 
and well, that is to say, on this consideration : that whereas he is very 
sick and in a lanquishing condition, therefore it is my will and I ordain 
that he, my youngest son, John Forward, shall have the sd. 1-4 part of 
my aforesd. lands and 1-5 part of my house and barn and well, provided 
he ever lives and continues in this world to have any heirs of his own. 
I give unto my daughter Rachell Hawley iyo with what she hath had 
of my estate, deemed to be £60-04-00. And my will is she should have 
towards her portion my great brass kettle. I give all the rest of my per- 
sonal or moveable estate to my four sons, provided they pay their sister 
Rachell Hawley £15 money. I appoint my three sons, Samuel Forward, 
Joseph Forward and Abell Forward to be sole executors. 
Witness: John Holcomh, Samuel Forward, ls. 

John Lewis, James Enno, Junr. 

Court Record, Page 31 — 4 July, 1738: Will proven. 



Page 157. 

Fowler, Benjamin, Simsbury. Died 14 May, 1739. Invt. £85-10-02. 
Taken by Jacob Read, Amos Wilcockson and Joseph Case. 

Court Record, Page 52 — 3 July, 1739: Adms. to Lydia Fowler, 
widow. Recog., £200, with Timothy Case. 

Page 71 — 5 August, 1740: Account exhibited by Lydia Fowler, 
Adms. Accepted. Paid out in debts and charges, £11-10-11; and re- 
ceived 15 shillings. 



Page 114. 

Francis, John, Jr., Wethersfield. Invt. £781-11-02. Taken 26 De- 
cember, 1738, by Joseph Flowers and Thomas Curtiss. 

Court Record, Page 35 — 7 November, 1738: Adms. granted to 
Mary Francis, widow. Recog., £1000, with Samuel Curtiss. 

Page 102 (Vol, XV) 17 May, 1749: John Francis, age 16 years, 
son of John Francis, chose his father-in-law Peter Ayrault of Wethers- 
field to be his guardian. Recog., £600. 



1737 TO 1742. PROBATE RECORDS. 267 

Page 119 — 9 February, 1749-50: Josiah Francis, age 15 years, son of 
John Francis, Jr., chose his father-in-law Peter Ayrault to be his guar- 
dian. And this Court appoint the sd. Ayrault to be guardian to Charles 
Francis, 13 years of age, and Mary Francis, 11 years. Recog., £400 for 
each minor. 



Invt. in Vol. XIV, Page 30. 

Gains, John, Jr., Middletown. Invt. £370-18-03. Taken 25 Novem- 
ber, 1741, by Nathaniel White and William Rockwell. 

Court Record, Page 103 — ist December, 1741 : Adms. granted to 
Susannah Gains, the widow, who recog. in £700, with William Rockwell. 



Gains, Daniel, Hartford. Court Record, Page 39 — 2 January, 1737- 
8: Henry Gains, a minor, 15 years of age, son of Daniel Gains of Hart- 
ford, chose Joseph Roberts of sd. Hartford to be his guardian. Recog., 
£200. 

Page 40 — 7 July, 1747: This Court appoint Sarah Gains, the widow 
of Daniel Gains, late of Hartford deceased, to be a guardian to her son 
Stephen DeWolph; and the sd. widow with John Clark, Jr., of Middle- 
town, recog. in £500. 



Page 23. 

Gains, Simon, Glastonbury. Invt. £127-15-09. Taken ist July, 1737, 
by Gershom Smith and Richard Smith. 

Court Record, Page 12 — 5 July, 1737: Adms. granted to Samuel 
Gains. Recog., £300, with Samuel Price. 

The widow moves to this Court that a sufficiency of moveables be 
set out for her necessities, amounting to the sum of £9-16-01 : This Court 
so order. This Court appoint Amy Gains, widow, to be guardian to 
Timothy Gains, a minor, 10 1-2 years of age, Mindwell 7 1-2, Rachel 5, 
and Simon 2 years of age, children of Simon Gains deed. Recog., £100. 

Page 28-— 2 May, 1738: An account of Adms, on the estate of 
Simon Gains deceased was now exhibited by Samuel Gains, Adms. 
There is due from sd. estate in debts and charges, £80-13-00. Which 
account is accepted in Court and ordered on file. 

Page 66 — 7 April, 1740: Amy Porter, formerly the widow of 
Simon Gains of Glastonbury deed., moving to this Court that the third 
part or dower of houseing and lands that her husband Simon Gains died 
seized of may be ordered by this Court to be set out to her : This Court 
do therefore appoint Capt. Nathaniel Talcott, Lt. Abner Moseley and 
William House, of Glastonbury, to set out to the sd. Amy Porter, alias 
Amy Gains, her right of dower on the estate of the deed. 

Page 65 — 6 May, 1740: A return of the setting out of the widow's 
dowry was now exhibited in Court and accepted. Also a further ac- 



268 PROBATE RECORDS, VOL. XIII, 

count of Adms. of £3-16-10 charges allowed the Adms., and also receipts 
to prove this full accompt, whereby it appears that there is allowed in 
with this former account the sum of £83-01-00. Account accepted. 
See Estate of Simon Gains, on page 402. 



Page 30-31. 



Gates, Sergt. Samuel, East Haddam. Died 31 July, 1737. Invt. 
£848-12-06. Taken 12 October, 1737, by Daniel Brainard, Jabez Chap- 
man and Daniel Cone. 

agreement; 

This agreement, made the 7th day of December, 1737, being joyntly, 
severally and unanimously agreed to by the heirs and co-heirs and relict 
of Mr. Samuel Gates, late of East Haddam deed., by and with the con- 
sent of the guardians to the sd. heirs which are yet in their minority: 
First : That whereas, we, Samuel Gates, Stephen Gates, James Gates 
and Jonah Gates, being the only surviving children male heirs, and Sarah 
Gates, Hannah Gates, Esther Gates and Mary Gates, the only surviving 
daughters and co-heirs of the estate of our honoured father, do hereby 
covenant and agree to and with our honoured mother Esther Gates, 
relict of the sd. deed., that after the debts due from sd. estate are paid 
she shall have and injoy 1-3 part of all the personal estate, and 1-3 part 
of all the real estate of the sd. deed., viz., the buildings, orchards and 
lands, during her natural life. 2ndly: We, the aforementioned heirs 
of the estate of the sd. deed., do for ourselves and heirs agree that the 
sd. Samuel Gates shall have for his part and portion in and of the 
estate, the house, barn, orchards and homelott, bounded as appears on 
record, with all the priviledges and appurtenances thereunto belonging, 
together with 1-4 part of all ye right in undivided lands in East Haddam 
or elsewhere belonging to the estate, to him the sd. Samuel, his heirs 
and assigns forever, in full of his part of sd. estate. Thirdly: That the 
sd. James Gates shall have and hold to the use of himself and his heirs 
forever, for his part and portion, a certain tract or parcell of land in 
the first division in East Haddam, containing by estimation 60 acres, 
butteth and bounded south on land belonging to Ensign Daniel Cone and 
Sergt. Bezeleel Brainard, north on land belonging to Capt. Joshua Brain- 
ard and the heirs of Daniel Brainard, Jr., deed., east and west on a high- 
way ; and 1-4 part of all the right in the undivided lands in East Haddam 
or elsewhere belonging to the estate, with all the priviledges and appur- 
tenances thereunto belonging, which is his share of sd. estate. Fourthly : 
That Stephen Gates shall have and hold to the use of himself and his 
heirs, for his portion of the estate, one tract or parcell of land lying in 
the Parish of Millington, in East Haddam, containing by estimation 75 
acres, being butted and bounded as appears in the survey upon record, 
together with the 1-4 part of all the right in the undivided lands in East 
Haddam or elsewhere belonging to sd. estate, with all the priviledges 



1737 TO 1742. PROBATE RECORDS. 269 

and appurtenances thereunto belonging. Fifth : That Jonah Gates shall 
have and hold to the use of himself, his heirs and assigns forever, for his 
part and portion of the sd. estate, one tract of land in the Parish of 
Millington, in East Haddam, containing by estimation 30 acres, butted 
and bounded as appears on record; also one tract or parcell of land con- 
taining by estimation 24 acres, be it more or less, being butted and 
bounded east on the land of Joshua Gates, south on land of Mr. Hosmer, 
west and north on common land; also one tract or parcell of land in the 
Cone Meadow, containing 6 acres by estimation, butted and bounded 
southeast on land of Bezeleel Brainard, southwest on the Great River, 
northwest on the land of William Schovill, and east on the Cove; 
together with 1-4 part in all the right in the undivided lands in East 
Haddam or elsewhere belonging to sd. estate, with all the priviledges 
and appurtenances belonging to the severall parcells of land agreed he 
should have. Sixthly: That Sarah, Hannah, Esther and Mary Gates 
shall, after all the debts due from sd, estate are paid, have all the per- 
sonal estate belonging to the sd. deceased, to be equally divided amongst 
them and set out by such persons as the Honourable Court of Probates 
in Hartford shall appoint, which moveable estate shall be their full part 
and portion, excepting 1-3 part of sd. personal estate, which shall be 
to their honoured mother Esther Gates as aforesd. And the above 
named parties, for themselves and with the consent of their guardians 
which represent them, have given, granted and released unto each other 
the severall claims or demands that they have or might have unto the 
estate aforesd., or any part of them, other than what in the above dis- 
tribution or partition is to them set out, as before in this instrument 
agreed to, and particularly and severally apportioned and set out, and 
that the above distribution, division or partition shall forever hereafter 
be and remain a full and final settlement of the estate. In witness 
whereof the parties to these presents have hereunto set their hands and 
seals this 7th day of December and loth day of January, 1737. 

James Gates, ls. Esther X Gates, ls. 

Samuel Gates, ls. Jonah Gates, ls. 

Sarah Gates, ls. Stephen Gates, ls. 

Esther Gates, ls. Hannah Gates, ls. 

Mary Gates, ls. 

Court Record, Page 17 — 6 December, 1737: Adms. to Esther Gates, 
widow, and Samuel Gates, a son. Recog., ^1500, with Bezaleel Brainard 
of Haddam. James Gates, age 16 years, chose his mother Esther Gates 
to be his guardian. And this Court appoint the widow guardian to Jonah 
Gates, age 12 years. Recog., £200. Stephen Gates, age 14 years, son of 
Samuel Gates, chose his brother Samuel Gates to be his guardian. Recog., 
£100. 

Page 20 — 7 December, 1737: Agreement exhibited in Court, ac- 
cepted and ordered to be recorded and kept on file. 

Page 37 — 5 December, 1738: A discharge by the heirs, viz., Sarah 
Gates, Mary Gates, Esther Gates, Thomas Smith and Hannah Smith 
alias Hannah Gates, to their mother Esther Gates and Samuel Gates, 
Adms., having received the sum of £113 money. 



270 PROBATE RECORDS. VOL. XIII, 

Page 256-7, 259-60. 

Gaylord, John, Windsor. Invt. £2883-09-09. Taken 4 December, 
1740, by Jonathan Stiles, Samuel Stoughton and Peletiah Allyn. Will 
dated 18 September, 1739. 

I, John Gaylord of Windsor, do make this my last will and 
testament: I give to my wife Elizabeth Gaylord 1-2 of my moveable 
estate to be her own forever. I also give unto my wife Elizabeth ye use 
and improvement of 1-2 of my dwelling house and 1-3 part of all my im- 
proved land during her natural life, and after her decease my will and 
pleasure is that the thirds of the lands and half of the house aforesd. 
which I gave to my wife during her natural life shall return unto my 
son William Gaylord in the form it may be hereafter expressed. I give 
to my daughter Mary Gaylord, alias Mary Copley, 10 shillings in money. 
I give to my daughter aforesd. the 1-2 of my right which I have in the 
Township of Harwington, to be to the sd. Mary Gaylord, alias Copley, 
during her natural life, then to be to her heirs forever during their 
natural life, and then to descend to their heirs, and so from generation 
to generation. I give unto my loving daughter Elizabeth MacMoran 
10 shillings in money. I give unto my daughter aforesd. the 1-2 of my 
right which I have in the Township of Harwington, to be to her the 
sd. Elizabeth MacMoran during her natural life, and then to be to her 
heirs during their natural life, and then to descend to their heirs, and so 
from generation to generation. Furthermore, my will and pleasure is 
that my sd. daughter Elizabeth MacMoran shall have all the moveable 
estate which she hath in her hands or custody which I formerly lent unto 
her, which then amounted to the sum of £64-03-00 money, to be to her 
my sd. daughter's use during her natural life, and after her decease to 
be to her heirs forever. I give unto my son William Gaylord all the 
remainder of my estate, both real and personal, not above disposed of, 
viz., all the lands which are improved in the Township of Windsor, I 
give unto my sd. son William, during his natural life, then to his heirs, 
etc., forever. I give unto my sd. son William Gaylord all the improved 
lands in Windsor with all the rights and improvements I have in the 
common and undivided lands in Windsor, with all the rights and priv- 
iledges that I have or may hereafter have in the equivalent land that may 
or shall hereafter be laid out to me, to be to him my sd. son William and 
to his heirs forever. My will is that my son William Gaylord be ex- 
ecutor. 

Witness: Peletiah Allyn, John Gaylord, ls. 

Israel Stoughton, John Allyn. 

Court Record, Page 76 — 2 December, 1740: Will now exhibited by 
William Gaylord, executor. Proven. 

Page 92 (Vol. XVII) 5 February, 1756: Mrs. Gaylord, the relict 
of John Gaylord, late of Windsor deceased, showing to this Court that 
her dowry in the real estate of the deceased has never been set out to her : 
Whereupon this Court appoint Peletiah Allyn, Samuel Stiles and Josiah 
Bissell to set out to the widow her thirds. 



1737 TO 1742, PROBATE RECORDS. 27I 

Invt. in Vol. XIV, Page 37-8. 

Gaylord, Josiah, Windsor. Invt. £1204-19-02. Taken 8 October, 
1 74 1, by Peletiah Ailyn, Josiah Phelps the 3rd and John Allyn. 

Court Record, Page 102 — ist December, 1741 : Adms. granted to 
Naomi Gaylord, widow, and Josiah Gaylord, son of sd. deceased, who 
recog. in iiooo, with Peletiah Allyn. 



Gilbert, Amy, Estate, Wethersfield. Court Record, Page 58 — ist 
January, 1739-40: Adms. granted to Jacob Williams of Wethersfield. 
Recog., £200, with Ephraim Williams. 



Page 315-322. 

Gillett, Jonathan, Hartford. Invt. £452-06-01, taken 6 June, 1741, 
and £303-02-08 taken 4 May, 1741, by Isaac Kellogg, Moses Nash and 
John Ensign. 

Court Record, Page 79 — 6 January, 1 740-1 : Adms. to Joseph Gil- 
lett of Hartford and Caleb Andrews of Wethersfield. Recog., £500, with 
John Ensign of Hartford. 

Page 103 — 1st December, 1741 : This Court appoint Moses Dick- 
inson of Hartford to be guardian to Mehetabell Gillett, age 8 years, 
Mary age 6, and Jonathan age 4 years, children of Jonathan Gillett, 
late deceased. Recog., £300. 

Page 17 (Vol. XIV) 7 February, 1742-3: Caleb Andrews and 
Joseph Gillett, Adms., exhibited an account of their Adms. : Paid in 
debts and charges the sum of £160-02-09; received £18-06-00. Which 
account is accepted. 

P^&6 5 (Vol. XVI) 13 November, 1750: Mary Gillett, a minor 
daughter, now 15 years of age, chose Stephen Goodwin of Simsbury 
to be her guardian. Recog., £500. 

Page 54 — II February, 1752: Jonathan Gillett, a minor, age 14 
years, son of Jonathan Gillett, made choice of his uncle Joseph Gillett 
to be his guardian. Recog., £600. 

Page 58 — 7 April, 1752: Joseph Gillett, Adms., having made up his 
account of Adms., now moves that dist. be made of the estate, viz. : To 
Jonathan Gillett, only son, a double share; and to Mehetabell and Mary 
Gillett, to each of them a single share ; and also to dist. to the sd. chil- 
dren of Jonathan Gillett what was given to them in and by the last 
will and testament of their grandfather Joseph Gillett of sd. Hartford 
deceased. And appoint Capt. Daniel Webster, Moses Nash and 
Abraham Merrell, of Hartford, distributors. 

Page 6 (Vol. XVII) ist November, 1753 : Report of the distributors. 



272 PROBATE RECORDS. VOL. XIII, 

Page 222. 

Goodale, Richard, Middletown. Invt. £230-14-05. Taken 16 June, 
1740, by Nathaniel White and WiUiam Rockwell. 

Court Record, Page 71 — 5 August, 1740: Adms. to Daniel Brewer. 
Recog., £500, with William Rockwell: 



Page 13. 

Goodrich, Isaac, Wethersfield. Invt. £130-12-00. Taken by Thomas 
Welles, Joseph Allyn and John Deming. 

Court Record, Page 10 — 7 June, 1737: Adms. granted to Mary 
Goodrich, widow. 

Page 15 (Vol. XIV) 4 January, 1742-3: Isaac Goodrich, 17 years of 
age, son of Isaac Goodrich of Wethersfield, chose Josiah Griswold of 
Wethersfield to be his guardian. Recog., £500. 



Page 114-15-16. 



Goodrich, Lt. William, Wethersfield. Invt. £3079-05-03. Taken 27 
December, 1737, by Ephraim Goodrich, Isaac Riley and David Wright. 
Will dated 27 December, 1737. 

I, William Goodrich of Wethersfield, do make this my last will and 
testament: I give to my wife Mary Ann the 1-2 of my negro man 
George, and so much right and interest in my west swamp pasture as will 
suffice to pasture well 2 milch cowes (this last article I give to my sd. 
wife during the time she remains my widow, and no longer; the first to 
be to her, her heirs and assigns forever). I give to my son Benjamin 
one acre of my land lying in Wethersfield Plain, commonly called the 
Great Plaine, and 5 roods of my land lying in ye west swamp of Wethers- 
field, to be to him, his heirs and assigns forever. I give and bequeath to 
my son Joseph 10 acres of land lying in that part of Wethersfield com- 
monly called the west swamp, to be to him, his heirs and assigns forever, 
provided that he maintain the fence and suffer my wife to pasture two 
cows there during the time she remains my widow. Also, I give to my 
son Joseph one acre of my land lying in Wethersfield Plain, and the 1-2 
of my negro man George, to be to him, his heirs and assigns forever. I 
appoint my son Joseph to be my only executor. 

Witness : David Goodrich, William X Goodrich, ls. 

Gideon Welles, Elisha Micks. 

Court Record, Page 18 — 7 December, 1737: Will now exhibited. 

Page 28 — 7 March, 1737-8: Joseph Goodrich, executor, made ap- 
plication for the probate of the will. The rest of the heirs appeared and 
objected, viz., William Goodrich, Benjamin Goodrich, Marian Goodrich 
the widow, William Goodrich, attorney for the heirs of Ephraim Good- 



1737 'fO 1742. PROBATE RECORDS. ^7Z 

rich deed., the relict of Isaac Goodrich deed., Robert Powell in right of 
his wife Ann, Noadiah Dickinson, attorney for Elizabeth Goodrich, 
Lucenia and Eunice Goodrich, daughters of the sd. deceased, and being 
severally heard, the case was continued. 

Page 32 — 1st August, 1738: Exhibit of inventory. Accepted. 

Page 33 — 3 October, 1738: Mary Ann Goodrich, widow, asks for 
her dower. This Court appoint Capt. Thomas Welles, Lt. Elizer Good- 
rich and Deacon Thomas Wright to set out her dower by meets and 
bounds. 

Page 50 — 5 August, 1739: The set out of dower not accepted, and 
Deacon Thomas Wright, Jonathan Burnham and Benjamin Stilman are 
appointed to set out her dower anew. 

Page 60 — 5 February, 1739-40: Adms. on the intestate estate of Wil- 
liam Goodrich deed, granted to Joseph Goodrich, one of the sons of the 
deceased. Recog., £500, with Benjamin Goodrich. 

Page 61 — 5 February, 1739-40: Report of the administrator accepted 
and ordered to be kept on file. 



Page 181-2. 



Grant, Daniel, Windsor. Inventory taken 14 March, 1739-40, by 
Henry Wolcott, Joseph Phelps and Joseph Loomis. Will dated 14 Jan- 
uary, 1739-40. 

I, Daniel Grant of Windsor, do make this my last will and testa- 
ment : I give to my wife Sarah my sheep and 3 cows and all the rest of 
my personal estate, except the remainder of cattle, horse and my swine 
and my credits, which are to be apprised at their worth in current money, 
and what they fall short in the sum of £300 at apprisement, my will is 
that it should be paid to my wife in current money within 12 months after 
my decease by my three sisters, Hannah, Mary and Sarah, so as to make 
up the whole sum of £300 in current money. I also give to my wife 
during her widowhood the west part of the dwelling house that faeeth 
to the south, 1-2 of the cellar, the full part of my homestead in breadth 
from ye south bounds to the south end of the house, and so to extend 
from ye street to the sd. west part of the dwelling house, and from thence 
1-3 part of the homestead on the south side to the west bounds ; as also 
1-3 part of the pasture on the east side of the way from the street to the 
brook, and the south half of the barn and the buildings adjoining to it; 
as also 1-3 part of my meadow lott that is 18 rods wide. I give to my 
honoured mother the sum of £18, to be paid within one year after my 
decease. I give to my brother William and to my sister Rachel £40 in 
current money to each of them, to be paid within one year after my moth- 
er's decease. I give to my brother Burt's children, Daniel and Silence, 
the sum of £20. I give to Asa West the sum of £20, to be paid when he 
shall come to the age of 21 years. My will is that the legacies abovesd. 
given to my mother, sister Rachel, brother William, Daniel and Silence 



274 PROBATE RECORDS. VOL. XIII, 

Burt and Asa West, shall be paid by my three sisters, Hannah, Mary 
and Sarah, in equal parts. And all the rest and residue of my estate, 
be it now in possession or in remainder, as also the lands and buildings 
given to my wife during her widowhood, after her widowhood I give to 
my three sisters, Hannah, Mary and Sarah, share and share alike, to 
them and their heirs forever, excepting only that Sarah shall have i20 
more than an equal part. I appoint my brother Thomas Sadd and Daniel 
Bissell executors. 

Witness : Roger Wolcott, Daniel Grant, ls. 

Samuel Grant, Thomas Drake. 

Court Record, Page 63 — 3 April, 1740: Will proven. 



Page 189-190. 



Gridley, John, Kensington. Invt. £1004-14-06. Taken 4 January, 
1740, by John Hooker, Samuel Lankton and Nathaniel Hart. Will dated 
13 April, 1739. 

I, John Gridley, of the Parish of Kensington, in the Township of 
Farmington, do make this my last will and testament: I give to my wife 
Dorothy Gridley 1-3 part of all my personal estate forever, and 1-3 part 
of my real estate and buildings during her natural life. I give to my son 
John Gridley one lott of land which lyeth in a division of land east of 
the Blue Mountain, which lott was laid out to Daniel Andrews and con- 
tains about 32 acres ; also one parcell of land in sd. division lying near a 
place called Pike Island, 11 acres, and one piece of 6 acres, which piece 
of land is part of the lott on which my house now stands, butting west on 
a highway and south on land now belonging to Elisha Brownson. I give 
to my son John my gunn. I give to my son Andrew Gridley 50 acres ly- 
ing in the lott on which my house standeth, butting west on the 6 acres 
I have willed to my son John ; also I give to my son Andrew 1-2 of my 
buildings. Also I give to my son Amos Gridley 44 acres of land lying 
in the lott on which my house standeth, and on the north side of the sd. 
lott, to extend the length of sd. lott; also I give to my sd. son Amos my 
loom with all the tackling belonging thereto. I give to my daughter Mary 
Evans 5 shillings, which 5 shillings makes it up £55 with what I have 
already given her. I give to my daughter Mercy Gridley £55, to be 
taken out of my personal estate. My will further is that my two sons, 
John and Andrew, shall pay in equal proportion to my daughter Mercy 
aforesd. so much as I shall want of my personal estate till it amount to 
the full sum of £55. And I appoint my wife Dorothy and my son John 
executors. 

Witness: John Hooker, Jr., John Gridley, ls. 

Thomas Gridley, Andrew Hooker. 

Court Record, Page 63 — ist April, 1740: Will proven. 

Dist. File: 29 April, 1757: To Andrew Gridley. to Marah Evans, to 
Mercy Manross, and to Amos Gridley. By Ebenezer Gridley and Seth 
Hooker. 



1737 TO 1742, PROBATE RECORDS. 275 

Page 20-1. 

Griswold, Jacob, Sen., Wethersfield. Died 22 July, 1737. Invt. 
£268-17-09. Taken 18 August, 1737, by John Stilman, Jonathan Wil- 
liams and Jonathan Belding. Will dated 10 February, 1735-6. 

I, Jacob Griswold, Sen., of Wethersfield, do make this my last will 
and testament : I give to my son Josiah Griswold the whole of my lott lying 
in Newington Parish, in that tier of lotts called the half-mile tier, con- 
taining 29 1-2 acres, butted east on commons or a highway and also west, 
north on the heirs of Capt. Robert Welles, and south on a highway, to be 
to him my son Josiah and his heirs forever. I also give my son Josiah 
31-2 acres of land lying in the south part of Wethersfield, in the Great 
Meadow, butted east on a highway, west on land of my son Josiah Gris- 
wold, north on land of Ephraim Williams, and south on land of the heirs 
of Eliphalet Dickinson, with this condition, that he the sd. Josiah Gris- 
wold pay and make out these sums following to the persons next men- 
tioned : To the heirs of my eldest son John Griswold deceased : To Jere- 
miah, the eldest son of the deceased, £10 in money; to John, 2nd son of 
ye deceased, £5 in money ; to Hannah, a daughter of the deceased, £5 ; to 
Thankfull, another daughter of the deed., £5 in money ; to Mabell, an- 
other daughter of the deed., £5 in money ; also that my sd. son Josiah pay 
to my eldest son now surviving, Jacob Griswold, £35 money to complete 
his portion. My son Ebenezer Griswold has already been advanced in 
portion and settlement, as appeares by record, equal with his brethren. 
To my son Ephraim Griswold I give 8 acres of land, part of my homelott, 
butted east on a highway, west on my son Josiah's land, north on land of 
Michael Griswold, and south on common land. I give to my eldest 
daughter, Mary Ellis, £110, to be her portion, of which she hath already 
received £100. I give to my daughter Sarah £110 in moveable estate, of 
which she has already received £75-18-11. I give to my daughter Esther 
£110, of which she hath already received £77-04-09. I give to my daugh- 
ter Lydia £110 in moveable estate, of which she hath already received 
£66-02-08. I appoint my son Josiah Griswold to be sole executor. 

Witness: Thomas Wright, Jacob Griswold, ls. 

Elisha Micks, Joseph Pynchon. 

I, the sd. Jacob Griswold, by this present codicil, do ratify and con- 
firm my last will and testament, and do give unto my beloved son Ephraim 
Griswold, besides what I have given him in the will abovesd., 8 acres of 
pasture land, butted east on the heirs of Jonathan Belding deed., west on 
land of my son Josiah Griswold, north on the land of Capt. Joshua Rob- 
bins, and south on common land. 

Witness : Thomas Wright, Jacob Griswold, ls. 

Elisha Micks, Joseph Pynchon. 

Court Record, Page 14 — 2 August, 1737: Will proven. 



2/6 PROBATE RECORDS. VOL. XIII, 

Page 117-118-119. 

Griswold, Sergft. John, Windsor. Invt. £1585-04-10. Taken 17 
January, 1738-9, by Thomas Griswold, Nathaniel Griswold and Nathaniel 
Pinney. 

Court Record, Page 39 — 18 January, 1738-9: Adms. to John Gris- 
wold, son of the deed. Recog., with Nathaniel Griswold. 



Page 39. 

Griswold, Lieut. Matthew, Windsor. Invt. £2125-02-05. Taken 18 
November, 1737, by Nathaniel Pinney, Josiah Phelps 3d and John Owen, 
Jr. Will dated 16 September, 1737. 

I, Matthew Griswold of Windsor, do make this my last will and 
testament: Imprimis. I give to my wife Mary 1-3 part of my moveable 
estate, also £40 money, and the use of 1-3 part of my lands during her 
natural life. I give to my eldest son Matthew £20 more than 1-2 of my 
lands and buildings. I give to my son Noah the remainder of my lands 
and buildings, that is to say, 1-2 of my lands excepting £20 worth which 
I give to my son Matthew more than half, as above expressed. I give to 
my three daughters, to Mary, to Jerusha and to Lucy, six score pounds to 
each, together with what they have had already, to be raised and levied 
out of my estate in two years after my decease. I give to my youngest 
daughter Lydia six score pounds, to be paid at the age of 18 years. I ap- 
point Mary, my beloved wife, to be my sole executrix. 
Witness : Nathaniel Griswold, Matthew Griswold, ls. 

Martha Holcomh, Rebeckah X Looniis. 

Court Record, Page 22 — 14 February, 1737-8: Will proven. 

Page 42 — 15 February, 1738-9: Noah Griswold, a minor, 17 years of 
age, chose Daniel Phelps to be his guardian. Recog., £200. 

Page 47 — 3 April, 1739: Upon motion of Matthew Griswold, son of 
Matthew Griswold, late deceased, that there being no person especially 
appointed in his sd. father's will to dist. the deceased's land or estate, and 
that there being minors concerned in sd. estate so that the heirs cannot 
come to portion amongst themselves, sd. Matthew now standing in need 
of the division of sd. estate that he may be able to improve the land that 
falls to him by sd. will : This Court therefore appoint Lt. Nathaniel Pin- 
ney and Ensign Nathaniel Griswold, together with Daniel Phelps (guard- 
ian to Noah Griswold), to make the division and partition of the estate 
according to the last will of the deceased. 

See Estate of Matthew Griszvold, on page 40Q. 



Gross, Freeman, Hartford. Court Record, Page in — 6 April, 1742: 
Adms. granted to Susannah Gross, widow. Recog., £1000, with Ensign 
James Church. 



1737 TO 1742. PROBATE RECORDS. 277 

Page 88 (Vol. XV) 23 January, 1748-9: Freeman Gross, a minor, 16 
years of age, chose his mother Susannah Gross to be his guardian. 
Recog., ^500. 

Page 55 (Vol. XVII) 24 March, 1755 : Thomas Gross, a minor, 17 
years of age, son of Freeman Gross, chose his mother Susannah Gross to 
be his guardian. Recog., £100. 

Page 141 — 14 February, 1757: Jonathan Gross, a minor son of 
Freeman Gross, appeared before this Court and made choice of his 
brother Freeman Gross to be his guardian. Recog., £300. 

Distribution from file. 

Pursuant to an order of the Court, we, the subscribers, have made a 
distribution of the real estate of Freeman Gross, Sen., late of Hartford 
deed. : To the heirs of Thomas Gross for their share of the estate, the 
north side of the home lot, next to the land sd. Thomas Gross purchased 
of William Hooker, and adjoins land of Jonathan Butler ; to Susannah 
Bunce, a daughter of the deed., land next to the heirs of Thomas Gross, 
on the south ; to Experience Ensign, wife of Thomas Ensign, a daughter 
of the deed., land south of the land set out to Susannah Bunce, and ad- 
joins land of Capt. Aaron Bull on the south ; to the heirs of Jona : Gross 
deed., all that remains of the lot that has not been set out to the others. 

Joseph Church, 

Barnabas Hinsdale, )■ Distributors. 

John Skinner, 
Dated 14 March, 1777. 



Page 323. 

Hale, Nathaniel, Wethersfield. Invt. £567-07-06. Taken 5 February, 
1738-9, by Thomas Curtice, John Stilman and Robert Francis. 

Court Record, Page 41 — 6 February, 1738-9: Adms, granted to 
Abigail Hale, widow. Recog., with Oliver Deming of Wethersfield. 

Page 52 (Vol. XIV) 5 February, 1744-5 : Abigail Hale, widow and 
Adms., exhibited an account of her Adms. Accepted. The widow moves 
to this Court that a dist. be made of the moveable estate, which is £335- 
07-04; the debts and charges being subtracted, there remains £167-08-09 
of moveable estate to be dist. : To the widow, £55-16-03 ; to Ebenezer 
Hale, eldest son, £44-13-00; to Justus Hale, Hezekiah Hale and Lucy 
Hale, to each, £22-06-06. And appoint John Stilman, Nathaniel Stilman 
and Hezekiah May distributors. Hezekiah Hale, age 16 years, son of 
Nathaniel Hale, chose Robert Francis of Wethersfield to be his guardian. 
Recog., £500. 



Page 221. 

Hall, Samuel, Sen., Middletown. Will dated 26 April, 1739: I, 
Samuel Hall, Sen., of Middletown, in the County of Hartford, do make 



278 PROBATE RECORDS. VOL. XIII, 

this my last will and testament : Imprimis. I give to my wife Phebe the 
use of 1-2 of my buildings and the use of 1-2 of my lands on this side 
of the Great River so long as she continues my widow ; also the use of 
1-2 of my stock during her life, and at her death what is left to be equally 
divided amongst my daughters ; also I give her as much of my household 
goods as she shall need for her conveniency during her life, and at her 
death what remains to be equally divided among my daughters ; also I 
give my six acres of land I pitcht for near Two Sticks Brook to her to 
dispose of as she shall see good. I give to my son Samuel Hall all my 
lands on the west side of the Great River, with all the buildings thereon, 
excepting and reserving what I have given to his mother, and the use of 
1-2 the buildings and lands which I have given her, and also the use of 
half the orchard near Long Hill, which I give to my daughter Mary 
during her life, part of which buildings and lands I have already given 
him by deed of gift; also I give him all my husbandry tools and utensils 
and the 1-2 of my stock. And I do appoint him to be sole executor of 
this my last will and testament. And I do order and it is my will that 
out of what I have given him he pay all my just debts and funeral 
charges and the legacy of £60 and one cow, which I give to my daughter 
Mary, and to procure for my daughters Phebe and Susannah, each of 
them, a brass kettle about the bigness of that I gave to my daughter 
Mary. To my four daughters, Experience, Phebe, Susannah and Mary, 
besides what I have already given them, I give them all my lands on the 
east side of the Great River, divided or undivided, or rights of lands, to 
be equally divided among them. To my daughter Experience I give one 
iron pott she hath now in use. To my daughter Phebe I give a brass 
kettle, to be procured by my executor as above. To my daughter Susan- 
nah I give one brass kettle, to be procured by my executor. To my 
daughter Mary I give £60 in money and a cow, to be paid her by my ex- 
ecutor, and the use of 1-2 of my orchard near Long Hill, during her life ; 
also I give her the use of the room in my house so long as she continues 
single. I give to my four daughters above named all my household 
goods that remain after my wife hath taken what is needful for her use, 
to be equally divided among them. 

Witness : John Wallis, Samuel Hall, ls. 

Ohadiah Mors, James Appleby. 

Court Record, Page 70 — 5 August. 1740: Will of Samuel Hall, Sen., 
Middletown, exhibited by Samuel Hall, executor. Proven before Jabez 
Hamlin, J. P. Approved by the Court at Hartford. 



Will copied from File. Inventory on Page 319. 

Hall, Deacon Samuel, East Middletown. Died 6 March, 1739-40. 
Invt. £1707-14-07. Taken by Nathaniel White and Thomas Johnson. Will 
dated January, 1732. 

The last will and testament of Deacon Samuel Hall of East Middle- 
town, in the County of Hartford : Though at present being under bodily 



1737 TO 1742. PROBATE RECXJRDS. 279 

illness, yet sound in mind and reason and memory, and calling to mind 
the mortality of my body, knowing that it is appointed for all once to dye, 
do therefore in the fear of God appoint and ordain this to be my last will 
and testament: I give to my wife Elizabeth my dwelling house, orchard 
and homestead, to be hers during the time she abide my widow, excepting 
my youngest son Samuel, when he arrives to the suitable discretion, to 
have the improvement of the 1-2 of the land. To my eldest son John I 
give the house that he now dwells in, together with the land appertaining 
thereunto, and all my land eastwardly adjoining thereunto, together with 
all my meadow land lying south from the path to the river, and 2-3 of my 
lott of land in the 1-2-mile lottment, and my ploughing land in the com- 
mon field eastward from the ditch to the river, together with my right of 
land laid out in the last division of land (excepting 50 acres), and Mr. 
Farrend's "Comment upon the Revelations." To my third son Isaac I 
give 40 acres of land adjoining eastwardly of land of John Churchill and 
westward adjoining land of heirs of Beriah Bacon, together with all my 
swamp and upland on the north of my land in the common field. To my 
2nd son Thomas I give 3 acres of swamp land lying in a place commonly 
called by the name of Pasmachaug, adjoining southwardly on my own 
land, northerly on land given to my son John Hall, together with £78 in 
money. My fourth son Samuel I give about 4 acres in swamp land lying 
in the common field, adjoining south on Deacon White and west upon 
land given to Thomas Hall, together with 1-3 part of my lott of land 
lying in the 1-2-mile lottment, and 16 roods of land in breadth across the 
north end of my meadow land running from the ditch to the common 
passing road, together with my house and homestead, to descend to him 
at the decease of his mother, and also my great Bible. To daughter Eliz- 
abeth I give 50 acres of land lying in my lottment in the last division of 
land, together with all my household goods and stuff, and 3 cows. The 
remainder of my books I give to be equally divided and distributed among 
all my children respectively. And lastly I do ordain and appoint my wife 
Elizabeth and my eldest son John Hall to be the executors. 
Witness : Daniel White, Samuel Hall, ls. 

Thomas Johnson, Moses Bartlett. 

Middletown, March ye 31st, 1740: Then personally appeared the 
Rev. Mr. Moses Bartlett, one of the witnesses to the within written 
will, and made solemn oath that he did see Deacon Samuel Hall, the 
testator, sign and seal to the within written will, and that ye sd. testator 
did dictate to him in the writing of the same, and that he set his hand 
thereto as a witness in his presence, and that at the same time he judged 
the testator to be of a sound, disposeing mind. 

Before me: Joseph White, Justice of Peace. 

Middletown, March ye 31st, 1740: Then personally appeared Mr. 
Daniel White, one of the witnesses to the within written will, and made 
solemn oath that he was fullv satisfied that he did set his hand to the 



28o PROBATE RECORDS. VOL. XIII, 

within written will in the presence of the testator ; and although sd. White 
was accidentally there at that time, yet, with some considerable discourse 
that he had with him at the same time, he judged the sd. testator to be of 
a sound, disposeing mind. 

Before me: Joseph White, Justice of Peace. 

Middletown, March ye 31st, 1740: Then personally appeared Copr. 
Thomas Johnson, one of the witnesses to the within written will, and 
made solemn oath that he being informed that he was one of the witnesses 
to the within written will, upon the view of the same he was fully satisfied 
that his name there written was his own handwriting, although he had 
but little remembrance of the transaction. 

Before me: Joseph White, Justice of Peace. 

Last will of Deacon Samll. Hall to lie on Hie, by the desire of the 
heirs. 1740. 

Court Record, Page 65 — 6 May, 1740: Samuel Hall, son of Deacon 
Samuel Hall, chose Ensign Stephen Stocking to be his guardian. 

Page 86 — 7 April, 1741 : This Court grant Adms. to John Hall, exec- 
utor named in the writing called the last will of sd. deceased, which will 
not being proved according to law, is not approved ; and the sd. John Hall 
desired sd. will might be lodged in the files of this Court, which writing 
is accordingly filed as aforesd. And the sd. John Hall gave bond with 
Joseph White of Middletown, of £500. 

Page 9 (Vol. XIV) ist June, 1742 : John Hall, Adms., exhibited an 
account of his Adms. : Paid in debts and charges, £27-05-09. Which ac- 
count is accepted, ordered recorded and kept on file. 



Page 42-3. 

Hancox, Rachel, single woman, Kensington. Invt. £414-07-10. Ta- 
ken 19 December, 1737, by John Norton, Samuel Lancton and Daniel 
Hancox. Will dated 15 October, 1737. 

I, Rachell Hancox of Kensington, in the County of Hartford, do 
make and ordain this my last will and testament: I give to my well-be- 
loved brothers, John Hancox of Springfield and Daniel Hancox of the 
aforesd. Kensington, and to my only sister Mabel Barnes, the wife of 
Ebenezer Barnes, Sen., of Farmingtown, their heirs and assigns forever, 
all my personal and moveable estate that shall remain after my debts and 
funeral charges are paid, to be equally divided amongst them. All my 
real estate, lands, tenements and hereditaments, I give to my friends, Mr. 
John Hooker and William Burnham, Jr., both of Kensington, to their 
heirs and assigns forever, whome I now appoint executors. And my will 
and desire is that my executors should sell or otherwise dispose of the 



1737 TO 1742. PROBATE RECORDS. 28 1 

whole or any part of the sd. real estate so as to pay to my sister above 
named the value of iioo in such bills of public credit as have commonly 
passed and been current in this Colony, and that the payment thereof 
should be made either in land or in bills of credit aforesd., as my sd. exe- 
cutors shall think best, vi^ithin one year after my decease. And if any of 
my real estate remain after the sd. payment, and after my executors are 
recompensed for their necessary charge and trouble about my estate, that 
they would sell or otherwise dispose of the whole remainder for the relief 
of poor persons either in Kensington aforesd. or elsewhere, and distribute 
it to sd. poor persons according to their discretion. 
Witness : William Burnham, Rachel Hancox, ls. 

Isaac Norton, Isaac Hart. 

Court Record, Page i6 — ist November, 1737: Will proven. 

Page 20 — 3rd January, 1737-8: John Hooker and William Barnard, 
Jr., of Farmingtown, now appeared in Court and accepted the trust of 
being executors to the last will of Rachel Hancox, late of Farmingtown 
deceased, and exhibited an inventory, which was ordered on file. And the 
sd. executors informed this Court that they doubted the estate of the sd. 
deceased is "insolvent." Whereupon this Court allows the sd. executors 
3 months to inquire into and get an accot. of the debts due to the sd. estate. 



Harris, Joseph. Court Record, Page 27 — 10 April, 1738: Abigail 
Harris, a minor, 14 years of age, daughter of Joseph Harris, late of Litch- 
field deed., chose Stephen Sedgewick of Farmington to be her guardian. 
Recog., £300. 

Page no — 2 March, 1741-2: Asa Hopkins and Abigail Harris, alias 
Hopkins, the wife of sd. Asa Hopkins, acknowledged before this Court 
that they have received of Stephen Sedgewick, guardian to the sd. Abi- 
gail in her minority, the whole of the moveable estate of Joseph Harris, 
late of Litchfield deceased, which belonged to them. 



Page 288. 

Harrison, Edmond, Middletown. Invt. £130-12-04. Taken 20 Jan- 
uary, 1740, by John Warner, Hugh White and Joseph Ranny, Jr. 

Court Record, Page 94 — 7 July, 1741 : Estate insolvent. John Wil- 
cocks and Hugh White appointed commissioners. 

Page no — 2 March, 1741-2: John Wilcocks refuses to act, and this 
Court appoint Capt. Thomas Johnson and Isaac White, with sd. Hugh 
White, to act as commissioners. 

Page 9 (Vol. XIV) 3 August, 1742 : A report of the commissioners 
was now exhibited in Court by Thomas Johnson and Hugh White, commis- 
sioners, and accepted. The Court now order that the Clerk of this Court 
make a rule of average on sd. estate, that the creditors may have their 
proportion of sd. estate. 



282 PROBATE RECORDS. VOL. XIII, 

Page 67. 

Hart, Hannah, Farmington. Will dated 31 August, 1737: Note: 
Whereas, Lt. John Hart of Farmington hath by an instrument under his 
hand and seal bearing date 8 April, 1734, given considerable of moveable 
estate unto his deare wife Hannah Hart to be at her dispose in life and 
at death, and obliged himself not to hinder or frustrate any disposition 
the sd. Hannah shall make of sd. estate, either by deed of gift or will, 
but by all suitable means to endeavor that the same may be confirmed 
and take effect, all which by sd. instrument (reference thereunto being 
had) may more fully appear: Therefore she, the sd. Hannah Hart, be- 
ing encouraged to make disposition of sd. estate, do proceed to do the 
same : I will as followeth : I, Hannah Hart, being of ordinary health 
of body but stricken in years and crazy, but of sound mind and memory, 
do make this my last will and testament: I give to Richard Treat, son 
to Thomas Treat, £5. I give to my kinswoman Mary Judd, wife of John 
Judd, one chest of draws, I give to my kinswomen, viz., to Mary Hart, 
wife of Deacon Thomas Hart, Mary Warner, Prudence Deming and 
Mary Smith, wife of Thomas Smith, in equal porportions, all the residue 
of my estate, I appoint Joseph Hooker of Farmington sole executor. 
Witness : John Hooker, Hannah X Hart, ls. 

Joseph Hooker, Elisha Lewis. 

Court Record, Page 23 — 7 March, 1737-8 : Will proven. 



Page 263. 

Highstead, Edward, Caanan. Invt. £45-14-00. Taken 9th April, 
1741, by Samuel Bryon, Ephraim Fellows and Isaac Lawrence. 

Court Record, Page 88 — 23 May, 1741 : Adms. granted to David 
Whitney of sd. Caanan, who gave bond with George Hollo way of Corn- 
wall, by request of the widow, to whome necessaries are set out. 

Page 91 — 2 June, 1741 : Elizabeth Highstead, age 8 years, and 
Abigail, 5 years, and Edward 3, children of Edward Highstead: This 
Court appoint David Whitney to be their guardian. Recog., £60. 

Page 5 (Vol. XIV) 19 May, 1742 : David Whitney exhibited an ac- 
count of Adms. Accepted, 



Page 309-10. 



Higley, John, Simsbury, Will dated 24 October, 1741 : In the name 
of God, amen: I, John Higley of Simsbury, in the County of Hartford 
and Colony of Connecticut, being in a weak and languishing condition 
of body, yet of sound mind and memory, and of a disposing capacity, 
blessed be God therefor, and calling to mind that I must shortly die, do 
make and constitute this my last will and testament, in manner and form 



1737 TO 1742. PROBATE RECORDS. 283 

following : Imprimis : I give and bequeath my soul to God that gave it, 
and my body to the earth to be decently buried at the discretion of my 
executor in hopes of a glorius resurrection. And for the worldly goods 
that God hath given me, I dispose of after the following manner, viz. : I 
give unto my brother Brewster Higley of Simsbury all my whole estate, 
as well real as personal, all which I now have in my actual possession. 
I constitute my sd. brother executor. 

Witness : Thomas Holcomh, John Higley, ls. 

Daniel Holcomb, Joseph Wilcockson. 

Court Record, Page io6 — 5 January, 1741-2 : Will proven. 



Page 3-4. 

Higley, Doctor Samuel, Simsbury. Invt. £299-09-06, personal es- 
tate. Taken 4 June, 1737, by James Case, Samuel Griswold and Joshua 
Holcomb. Will dated 30 April, 1733. 

I, Samuel Higley of Simsbury, do make this my last will and testa- 
ment : I give to my wife Abigail Higley all my moveable estate excepting 
books, chymacall tools, and a white- faced heifer; also the improvement 
of all my lands and mines if she continueth my widow, until my son Jon- 
athan comes to the age of 21 years, and one-half until my daughter Ann 
comes to the age of 16 years, and from that time one-fourth until my 
daughter Abigail comes to the age of 16 years. I give to my son Jon- 
athan Higley half my books and all my chymacall tools, etc., provided 
he pay to his two sisters, Ann and Abigail Higley, £250 to each. I ap- 
point my wife Abigail Higley sole executrix. 

Witness : Samuel Griswold, Samuel X Higley, ls. 

Elizabeth X Griswold, Elisabeth Griswold, Jr. 

Court Record, Page 9 — 7 June, 1737: Will now exhibited by Abigail 
Higley, widow. Jonathan Higley, a minor, 16 years of age, chose his 
mother Abigail Higley to be his guardian. And this Court appoint the 
sd. Abigail guardian to Anne, age 11 years, and Abigail, 4 years of age. 
Recog., £200. 

Page 60 (Vol. XIV) 22 June, 1745 : Report of the distributors on 
the estate of Doctor Samuel Higley, under the hands of Samuel Griswold 
and James Case, distributors. Accepted and ordered upon file. 



Page 149. 

Higley, Sarah, Widow, Windsor. Invt. £38-01-00. Taken 4 Decem- 
ber, 1739, by Jacob Drake, Job Loomis and Timothy Loomis. Presented 
by Jonathan Loomis and Sarah his wife. 

Court Record, Page 57 — 4 December, 1739: Adms. granted to 
Nathaniel Higley. Recog., £60, with Jonathan Loomis of Windsor. 



284 PROBATE RECORDS. VOL. XIII, 

Page 92 (Vol. XV) 7 March, 1748-9 : Nathaniel Higley, Adms., ex- 
hibited an account of his Adms, Accepted. This Court order the estate 
distributed, viz., to Benoni Bissell, Nathaniel Higley, Josiah Higley, Isaac 
Higley, Sarah Loomis, Susannah Blackman, and to the heirs of Abigail 
Thorp their mother's part, to each of them i 1-05-03. And appoint Job 
Loomis and Ephraim Loomis distributors. 



Page 253-325. 

Hill, John, Simsbury. Died ist November, 1740. Invt. £1339-09-07. 
Taken 25 November, 1740, by Joseph Case, Joseph Case, Jr., and Michael 
Humphrey. 

Court Record, Page 78 — 3 December, 1740: The widow, Sarah Hill, 
having been notified that Adms. would be granted, and not appearing, 
letters of Adms. were granted to John Hill and Ephraim Wilcockson of 
Simsbury. Recog., £600, with Jacob Read. 

Page 86 — 7 April, 1741 : Sarah Hill, the widow, asked this Court 
to set out her dower. And this Court appoint John Humphrey, James 
Case and David Holcomb to set out 1-3 part of the lands and buildings of 

SQ QCCC3,SCc1 

Page 8 "(Vol. XIV) 6 July, 1742: John Hill and Ephraim Wilcock, 
Adms., exhibit an account of their Adms. Accepted. Order to distribute 
as follows : 

£ s d 
To Sarah Hill, the widow, her thirds, 71-06-02 

To John Hill, eldest son, his double part, 47-10-08 

To the heirs of Sarah Strickland, 23-15-05 

To Mary Read, to Hannah Wilcock, and to Elizabeth Hoskins, 

to each of them the sum of, 23-15-05 

And appoint James Case, Jonathan Case and Andrew Robe dis- 
tributors. 



Page 1 33- 1 37-8. 



Hinsdale, Isaac, Hartford. Invt. £1073-18-04. Taken 30 March, 
1739, by Timothy Seymour, Joseph Skinner, Jr., and Jacob Kellogg. 
Will dated 6 April, 1733, with addition, 23 February, 1739. 

I, Isaac Hinsdale of Hartford, do make this my last will and testa- 
ment: I give to my wife Lydia Hinsdale (her dower rights). I give to 
my eldest son, Isaac Hinsdale, 1-2 of my homelott at the west division in 
Hartford, on the north side thereof, with the buildings thereon, forever. 
I give to my two sons, Joseph and Jonathan Hinsdale, the other half of 
my sd. homelott, lying on the south side thereof, and also my meadow 
land lying in Hartford, the South Meadow, containing 31-2 acres, to be 
equally divided between them. I give my interest or allottments of land 



1737 TO 1742. PROBATE RECORDS. 285 

in the western lands, so called, and also in the Five Miles of land on the 
east side of the Connecticut River in Hartford, to my three sons, Isaac, 
Joseph and Jonathan, to be equally divided between them, for them, their 
heirs and assigns forever. I give to my daughter Lydia Hinsdale to the 
value of £70 money out of my moveable estate. And it is my will that my 
three sons shall pay annually unto their mother, after my decease, for 
2-3 of my homelott and meadow land as the same shall come under their 
respective improvement, after the rate of 3 shillings per acre for her more 
comfortable support than I have provided for in this my will. And she 
shall require it of them during the time she shall remain my widow. I 
appoint my wife Lydia and my son Isaac to be executors. 
Witness : Nathaniel White, Isaac Hinsdale, ls. 

Joseph Skinner, Daniel Richards. 

In addition to this will, I, Isaac Hinsdale of Hartford, being at this 
time in perfect memory, under the consideration of my daughter Lydia's 
infirmity of body, do order each of my sons, Isaac Hinsdale, Joseph Hins- 
dale and Jonathan Hinsdale, to pay or cause to be paid to my daughter 
Lydia Hinsdale £1-13-04 apiece yearly during the time of her infirmity. 

If the sd. Lydia shall change her conditions by marriage, then the 
addition to be of non-effect. 

Witness : Joseph Skinner, Isaac Hinsdale, ls. 

Daniel Kellogg, Timothy Merrells. 

Court Record, Page 49 — ist May, "1739: Will proven. 



Page 127. 

Hinsdale, Martha, Hartford. Invt. £120-08-00. Taken January, 
1738-9, by John Skinner, Jun., and Thomas Seymour, Jr. 

Court Record, Page 38 — 2 January, 1738-9 : Adms. to Daniel Hins- 
dale. Recog., £100, with Obadiah Spencer. 

Page 51 — 15 June, 1739: Account of Adms. on the estate of Martha 
Hinsdale, widow of Barnabas Hinsdale, was exhibited in this Court by 
Daniel Hinsdale, Adms. : Paid in debts and charges, £41-09-07 ; received 
10 shillings. Which account is accepted and ordered on file. Sd. Adms. 
moved to this Court for a distribution of sd. estate. Invt. £120-15-06; 
subtracting £41-09-07, there remains £79-05-11 to be distributed, except- 
ing 5 shillings 11 pence to be left in the Adms. hands for further trouble. 
Order : To Hannah and Mary Hinsdale, children of Barnabas Hinsdale, 
Jr., of Tolland, deed., £15-16-00, it being a double part or portion of sd. 
estate; to Martha Bull, £7-18-00: to Jacob Hinsdale, £7-18-00; to Sarah 
White, £7-18-00; to Elizabeth Benton, £7-18-00; to Mary Skinner, £7-18- 
00; to John Hinsdale, £7-18-00; to Daniel Hinsdale, £7-18-00; to Amos 
Hinsdale, £7-18-00. And appoint Thomas Seymour, Jr., and John Skin- 
ner, Jr., of Hartford, distributors. 



286 PROBATE RECORDS. VOL. XIII, 

Hodge, Catharine. Court Record, Page 51 — 15 June, 1739: Cath- 
arine Hodge, age 15 years, chose Giles Hall of Middletown to be her 
guardian. Recog., i200. Cert: Jahez Hamlin, J. P. 



Page 51. 

Holcomb, Jacob, Simsbury. Died 13 July, 1737. Invt. £78-07-05. 
Taken 14 October, 1737, by James Hillier, James Smith and John Will- 
coxson 2nd. 

Court Record, Page 16 — ist November, 1737: Adms. to Margaret 
Holcomb, widow. Recog., £200, with Joseph Wilcockson of Simsbury. 

Page 35 — 7 November, 1738: Account of Adms. exhibited by Mar- 
garet Holcomb, widow and relict and Adms. : Paid in debts and charges, 
iio-17-03 ; received, 3 shillings. Which account is accepted and ordered 
on file. Invt. £78-07-05 ; subtracting i 10- 17-03, there remains £67-10-02 
to be distributed. Order: To Margaret Holcomb, widow relict, £33-15- 
01 ; to Azariah Holcomb, £11-05 1-3^; to Damarus Ward, alias Holcomb, 
£11-05 i"3d; to Mary Holcomb, £11-05 i"3d. And appoint James Smith, 
Jr., Nathaniel Holcomb 3rd and Joshua Holcomb, of Simsbury, distribu- 
tors. 



Page 49. 

Holcomb, Jonathan, Jr., Simsbury. Invt. £346-08-09. Taken by 
James Hillier, James Smith and John Wilcockson 2nd. 

Court Record, Page 16 — ist November, 1737: Adms. granted to 
Amey Holcomb, widow. Recog., £500, with Azariah Holcomb of Sims- 
bury. 

Page 94 (Vol. XV) 8 March, 1749: Jonathan Holcomb, a minor, 14 
years of age, son of Jonathan, chose Mr. Joshua Boardman of Sheffield, 
in Hampshire County, to be his guardian. Recog., £1000. 



Page 300, 

Holcomb, Nathaniel, Simsbury. Invt. £100 plus. Taken 2 April, 
1741, by Elias Slater and Jno. Owen, Jr. Will dated 7 February, 1740-1 : 

I, Nathaniel Holcomb, Sen., of Simsbury, do make this my last will 
and testament: Imprimis. To my wife, besides what I have already 
secured for her before marriage, I give her the sum of 20 shillings. Item. 
I give to my sons, Nathaniel, Jonathan, John and Benjamin, that lott of 
land of 150 acres that lyeth near the northwest corner of the Town bounds, 
to be equally divided between them. Also, to my sons, Nathaniel, Jon- 
athan and John, I give the 1-2 of my propriety in Windsor of undivided 



1737 TO 1742. PROBATE RECORDS. 287 

land. To my son Nathaniel I also give my right and interest in the Copper 
Hill, the whole of it, and also that addition of land that was made to my 
lott at Raven Swamp. To Jonathan I give further lo acres of land lying 
on Salmon Brook Plaine. To John I give 12 acres of land lying at Barn 
Door Hills. I give to my son Benjamin the other half of my right in 
Windsor undivided lands, the house and homestead I now dwell on, being 
about 3 acres, with the orcharding standing on it ; also 14 acres of land 
at the head of Owen's Brook, as it was layd out, be it more or less ; also 
the remainder of my home division lott that I am now possessed of ; also 
10 acres of land at a place called Slater's Swamp, bounded south in part 
on Elias Slater's land. Also, I give to Benjamin the 1-2 of my copper's 
(cooper's?) tools and my best gunn, and the other half to my sons 
Nathaniel, Jonathan and John. To my five daughters, Mary, Katharine, 
Hester, Sarah and Margaret, I give, after debts and legacies are paid out 
of them, the remainder of my moveable estate, to be divided equally 
amongst them. And to the son of my daughter Martha deceased I give 
20 shillings, to be paid him by my sons Nathaniel, Jonathan and John, 
to buy him a Bible. To my daughter Mary I give her a cow in particular, 
to be taken out of my moveables before the division is made. And ordain 
my son Benjamin to be my sole executor. 

Witness : Elias Slater, Nathaniel Holcomb, ls. 

Ephraim Bewell, Timothy Woodhridge. 

Court Record, Page 86 — 7 April, 1741 : Will proven. 



Invt. in Vol. XV, Page 414. 

Holman, Katherine, Windsor. Invt. £76-09-06. Taken 30 June, 
1740, by Samuel Strong, Jonathan Stiles and Samuel Stiles. 

Court Record, Page 67 — 3 June, 1740: Adms. granted to Benjamin 
Roberts of Hartford, who recog. in £500, with Joseph Roberts. 

Page 132 (Vol. XV) 5 June, 1750: An invt. of Katherine Holman's 
estate, widow of Samuel Holman, was now exhibited in Court by Ben- 
jamin Roberts, Adms. Accepted, ordered to be recorded and kept on file. 



Will and Invt. in Vol. XIV, Page 56-7-8. 

HoUister, John, Glastonbury. Died 31 December, 1741. Invt. £1182- 
17-00. Taken by Thomas Welles and Jonathan Hale. Will dated 25 No- 
vember, 1 74 1. 

I, John Hollister of Glastonbury, do make and ordain this my last 
will and testament: I give to my son Benjamin Hollister 5 shillings. I 
give to my daughters Sarah Judd and Prudence Miller 5 shillings apiece. 
I give to my son Jeremiah Hollister and my daughter Abigail Loveland 
all the rest of the land of the lott whereon I now dwell, both meadow and 



288 PROBATE RECORDS. VOL. XIII, 

upland, besides what I have formerly by deed of gift given to my son 
Abraham, he my sd. son and daughter Jeremiah and Abigail, with her 
husband Benjamin Loveland, to pay to my beloved wife Susannah £S 
annually during the term of her natural life. And also I give to my sd. 
son Jeremiah and daughter Abigail my team horse and all my team tack- 
ling, viz., cart, plows, harrows, chains, traces, &c., and all my right in 
the undivided lands in the Town of Glastonbury. And also I give to my 
sd. son Jeremiah my oldest bay mare. I give to my daughter Sarah Judd 
all my rights in Wethersfield Commons belonging to me from my uncle 
Lazarus Hollister deceased. I give to my son Abraham Hollister, besides 
what I have already given him by deed of gift, the sum of 20 shillings, 
to be paid out of my moveable estate. I give to my daughter Abigail 
Loveland about 35 acres of land which I lately bought of Ephraim Good- 
rich, lying near Pail Brook so called. I give to my wife Susannah all the 
remaining part of what moveable estate she brought with her when I 
married her, besides what I have already disposed of, and also 1-3 part 
of all the rest of my moveable estate after my just debts and legacies are 
paid. I give to my sd. daughter Abigail Loveland the 2-3 of my moveable 
estate after my just debts and legacies are paid. I give to my daughter 
Martha Hubbard iio, to be paid out of my moveable estate. I appoint 
my son Jeremiah Hollister and my kinsman Josiah Hollister to be sole 
executors. 

Witness : Thomas Welles, John Hollister, ls. 

Penelopy X Try an, Thomas Treat. 

Court Record, Page 106 — 5 January, 1741-2: Will proven. Jere- 
miah and Josiah Hollister, executors. Benjamin Hollister of Oblong, 
New York, and John Miller, of Glastonbury, appeal from the probate of 
the will to the Superior Court, and each recog. in £40 money. 



Page 264-5. 

Horsford, Capt. Obadiah, Hebron. Invt. £2589-09-07. Taken 16 
March, 1741, by Hezekiah Gay lord, Jonathan White and William Buell. 
Will dated 14 September, 1737. 

I, Obadiah Horsford of Hebron, in the County of Hartford, do make 
this my last will and testament : I give to my wife Mindwell £80, to be 
paid her out of my moveable estate, to be to her own dispose ; also the use 
of 1-3 part of my dwelling house and barn ; also the 1-3 part of all my im- 
proveable lands, my houselott, house, barn and lands, that is, 1-3 part 
thereof during her natural life or so long as she shall remain unmarried. 
I give to my four sons, Daniel, Joseph, Aaron and Obadiah, and to my 
two daughters, Ann and Mindwell, all the rest of my estate, both lands 
and moveables, in manner following, only my son Daniel shall have £50 
more out of my estate than any of my three sons shall have ; and to my 
two daughters I give to each of them the 1-2 so much as my sd. son 



1737 TO 1742. PROBATE RECORDS. 289 

Daniel's portion shall amount unto; but what I have already paid out to 
my daughter Ann is to be reckoned as part of her portion. My will is 
that my son Daniel shall have the liberty of takeing his choice where he 
shall like best to settle, either at Burnt Hill or on my homelott or the land 
near adjoining, with that condition that he make his choice within three 
months after the date hereof. I appoint Mindwell, my sd. wife, and my 
son Daniel to be sole executors. 

Witness: Nathaniel Phelps, Obadiah Horsford, ls. 

Joht Taylor, Israel Dewey. 

Court Record, Page 98 — 21 September, 1741 : Will proven. 



Page 311. 

Hossington, Elizabeth, Farmington. Invt. £33-01-03. Taken 22 
August, 1740, by Samuel Peck and Joseph Hopkins. 

Court Record, Page 79 — 6 January, 1 740-1 : Adms. to John Hossing- 
ton of Farmington. Recog., £100. 



Hubbard, Martha, widow, late of Middletown. Court Record, 
Page 94 — 7 July, 1741 : Adms. to John Stow of Middletown. Recog., 
£500, with Joseph Savage of Middletown. 



Page 80-81. 



Hubbard, Nathaniel, Sen., Middletown. Invt. £341-09-03. Taken 
2 June, 1738, by Solomon Adkins, Ephraim Adkins and Wm. Rockwell. 
Will dated 6 March, 1734-5. 

I, Nathaniel Hubbard, Sen., of Middletown, in the County of Hart- 
ford, being sensible by my great age and weakness through it that my 
departure is at hand, do make and ordain this my last will and testament : 
I give to my son Nathaniel Hubbard what I have given him by deed of 
gift and £10 in money more, and 1-2 of my land on the west side the 
mountain, belonging to the lott my son Ebenezer liveth on. I give to my 
son John Hubbard what I have given him by deed of gift and £5 in money 
more, and the 1-2 of my land on the west side of the mountain, belong- 
ing to the lott my son Ebenezer liveth on. I give to my son Ebene- 
zer Hubbard what I have given him by deed of gift and 10 
shillings more. I give to my daughter Mary what I have given her by 
deed of gift and a share in the remainder of the homelott, so much as 
with the 1-2 acre already given her to make her part equal in value with 
her sisters' part in the homelott, except Sarah ; and also a pewter platter 
which her mother designed for her. I give to my daughter Abigail £10- 



290 PROBATE RECORDS. VOL. XIII, 

15-00 in money, which is to make her equal with the rest of them, and an 
iron kettle and an old brass kettle which her mother designed for her. I 
give to my daughter Elizabeth iio-15 in money, which is to make her 
equal with Esther, and my feather bed and blankets, I give to my daugh- 
ter Sarah 1-2 of an acre of land at the southeast corner of my homelott, 
to lye square, and my new brass kettle, and my iron pott, and a pewter 
platter, which her mother designed for her. I give to my daughter 
Thankfull i/- 15-00 in money to make her equal with Esther, and my 
hetchell between her and her sister Hannah. I give to my daughter Han- 
nah £7-15-00 in money to make her equal with Esther, and 1-2 of my 
hetchell and my chest. I give to piy daughter Esther my warming pan. 
My will is that my debts, funeral charges and ye legacies above mentioned 
to be paid to my children be paid out of my household stuff not here dis- 
posed of, and out of my stock so far as they will go, and the rest to be 
made up out of my homelott. And what remains of my homelott and 
buildings upon it I give to my 7 daughters, to Abigail, Elizabeth, Sarah, 
Thankfull, Hannah and Esther equal parts in it, and to Mary such a part 
as with the half acre I have already given her to make her part equal in 
value with her sisters' parts except Sarah, who is to have the half acre 
above mentioned besides her equal part in the rest. I appoint my sons 
Nathaniel and John Hubbard executors. 

Witness : William Rockwell, Nathaniel X Hubbard, Sen., ls. 
Benjamin Hand, Jr., Ebenezer Rockwell. 

Court Record, Page 30 — 5 June, 1738: Will proven. 



Page 53. 

Hunn, David, Wethersfield. Died 8 September, 1737. Invt. £333- 
03-06. Taken 20 December, 1737, by Joseph Woodbridge, Peletiah Buck 
and Josiah Riley. 

Court Record, Page 17 — 6 December, 1737 : Adms. to William Smith 
of Farmington, who married one of the sisters of the deed. Samuel Hunn, 
Jr., eldest brother of sd. deceased, refused Adms. William Smith recog. 
in i200 with Samuel Hunn, Jr. 

Page 19 — 3 January, 1737-8: Exhibit of inventory, which was 
ordered on file. 

Page 20 — 18 January, 1737-8: Upon complaint of William Smith, 
administrator, Samuel Hunn and Gideon Hunn was by special writ 
brought before this Court to be examined upon oath for concealing divers 
goods of the deceased and bills, notes of hand, etc., from the Adms. And 
the sd. Gideon and Samuel Hunn before this Court plead that they are 
not held to answer to any interrogatories, etc., but ought to be dismist in 
that they have not been bound over to this Court by an Assistant or Justice, 
etc. This Court having considered the pleas of the parties : and that the 
rule and practice of this Court upon the law even this thirty years past. 



1737 TO 1742. PROBATE RECORDS. 29 1 

and as long as this Court can remember, hath been that the Court have 
generally made this the rule (and it is always supposed) that when the 
administrator chose it, etc., the circumstances were such as not to enhance 
the cost nor hazzard the estate being lost, that in such cases the parties 
complained of as offenders in concealing the estate of deed, intestates, 
etc., should be and have been from time to time immediately brought be- 
fore this Court and obliged to answer. And this Court being of opinion 
that the law and reason of it in this and many cases will admit of, and that 
the cost will be less, the parties offending as well as the estate sooner 
secured, the case less circular, and all that the law intends as effectually 
answered : This Court do judge that the pleas made against the proceed- 
ing are insufficient, and order that the case proceed and the offenders 
answer. Samuel and Gideon Hunn appealed from this decree to the 
Superior Court. Recog., £50. 

Page 38 — 5 December, 1738: Samuel and Gideon Hunn were, upon 
complaint of the Adms. to John Hooker, justice of the peace, bound with 
surety to appear before this Court to be examined as the law directs. The 
parties now appeared in Court and under oath were particularly examined 
respecting said goods or estate. 

Page 41 — 6 February, 1739-40: Account now exhibited by William 
Smith, and allowed. 

Note: In some part of the Court record the name Sarah Hunn ap- 
pears instead of Samuel Hunn. 



Page 333. 

Himn, Samuel, Wethersfield. Invt. £925-09-06. Taken 26 April, 
1739, by Martin Kellogg and John Camp. 

Court Record, Page 47 — 3 April, 1739: Adms. to Gideon Hunn. 
Recog., i^oo, with Jonathan Whaples of Wethersfield. 



Page 18. 

Huntington, John, Tolland. Invt. £1971-04-06. Taken 23 May, 
1737, by Samuel Chapman, John Lathrop and Ebenezer Stiles. 

Court Record, Page 9 — 7 June, 1737: Adms. to Thankfull Hunting- 
ton, widow. Recog., £200, with Capt. Samuel Chapman of Tolland. 

Page 32-33 (Vol. XIV) 16 November, 1742: John Huntington, age 
18 years, and Samuel Huntington, age 15 years, sons of John Huntington, 
chose William Marsh of Plainfield to be their guardian. Recog., £200. 
Cert : Timothy Peirce, Assistant. 

Page 57 — 2 April, 1745 : Andrew Huntington, a minor, 15 years of 
age, and Abigail, 13 years, children of John Huntington, also chose Mr. 
William Marsh of Plainfield to be their guardian. Recog., £1000. 

Page 46 (Vol. XV) 13 September, 1747: An account of Adms. was 
now exhibited by Mr. William Marsh and Thankful his wife. Accepted. 
They move this Court for a dist. of sd. estate, both real and personal, to 



292 PROBATE RECORDS. VOL. XIII, 

be divided among the heirs of the deceased, viz., to Thankful! Marsh, ahas 
Huntington, the rehct of sd. deceased, 1-3 part of the moveable estate 
for her own, and 1-3 part of the real estate for her improvement during 
life ; and to John Huntington, eldest son, a double share ; and to Samuel, 
Andrew, Abigail and Deborah, to each of them their single shares of 
sd. estate. And appoint John Lothrop, Joshua Wills and Zebulon West 
distributors. 

Dist. : Page 109 (Vol. XVI) 2 October, 1753 : It was certified to this 
Court by Zebulon West, J. P., that Deborah Huntington, a minor, 17 
years of age, daughter to John Huntington, made choice of Mr. John 
Huntington of Tolland to be her guardian. Recog., £300. 



Page 7. 

Hurlbut, Daniel, Middletown. Invt. i384-ii-oo. Taken 15 Decem- 
ber, 1736, by Joseph Starr, Jr., William Rockwell and Charles Hamlin. 

Court Record, Page 10 — 7 June, 1737: Adms. granted to Esther 
Hurlbut, widow, who recog. with Charles Hamlin. 

Page 15 — 4 October, 1737: Esther Hurlbut, Adms., exhibited an 
account of her Adms. Accepted. And the sd. Esther moves to this Court 
that her right of dowry may be set out to her. This Court appoint Joseph 
Southmayd, Lt. John Bacon and Jacob Cornwell to set out to the widow 
her right of dowry in sd. estate. 

Page 18 — 13 December, 1737: This Court allow Esther Hurlbut and 
Jabez Hamlin to sell land to pay the debts. 



Husket, Martha, Middletown. Court Record, Page 27 — 13 April, 
1738: Martha Husket, a minor, 14 years of age, chose John Whitmore of 
Middletown to be her guardian. Recog., £50. 



Hutchens, Edward. Court Record, Page 61 — 19 February, 1739-40: 
Edward Hutchens, a minor, 12 years of age, son of Henry Hutchens, late 
of Rhode Island deed., chose James Carrel (Garret?) of Hartford to be 
his guardian. Recog., £100. 



Page 239-40. 



Johnson, Mary, Sen., Middletown, widow of Isaac Johnson of Mid- 
dletown deed. Invt. i 120-06-02. Taken 18 August, 1740, by George Hub- 
bard, Solomon Adkins and William Rockwell. Will dated 16 May, 1720. 

I, Mary Johnson of Middletown, doe make this my last will and 
testament : Imprimis : I give to my three sons, namely, to my son Isaac, 



1737 TO 1742. PROBATE RECORDS. 293 

Daniel and Joseph Johnson, and to the male heirs of my son Nathaniel 
Johnson deed., all my half of the household goods willed to me by my 
deceased husband, and all the stock and husbandry utensils which was 
left to my dispose, except some reservation of each which after followeth, 
that is to say, I give to my grandson Nathaniel Johnson my oxen and 
yoke, chains and plow, with the utensils thereunto belonging. Item. I give 
to my daughter Elizabeth Johnson, of my household goods, a Bible and 
belmettle morter, a great wheel and reel, fire shovel and tongs, and an 
iron trammel and lamps. I also give to my abovesd. daughter a colt and 
a year's provision for herself, and also a sound living sheep and a small 
iron kettle. Item. I give to my daughter Mary Blake my Dutch wheel. 
It is also concluded and intended that the abovesd. stock and moveables 
given to my three sons and grandson mentioned should be equally divided 
between them. I give my wearing clothes and linen to be equally divided 
between my daughters Elizabeth Johnson and Mary Blacke, and do con- 
stitute my three above mentioned sons to be executors. 
Witness : William Harris, Mary X Johnson, ls. 

John Harris, William Harris, Jr. 

Whereas, I, Mary Johnson, the above testator, did many years ago 
make and execute the above-written instrument to be my last will and 
testament: I do, this 21st day of February, Anno. Dom. 1739-40, ratify 
and confirm the same to be my last will and testament, with this addition 
or codicil : That whereas, my son Joseph Johnson is now deceased, I do 
hereby declare that what of my estate I have given to my son Joseph 
above named, my will is that the same shall be equally divided to and 
among the children that my sd. son had by his first wife. And I appoint 
my grandson Nathaniel Johnson executor with my two sons Daniel and 
Isaac Johnson. 

Witness : William Harris, Mary X Johnson. 

John Harris, William Rockwell. 

Court Record, Page 79 — 25 December, 1740: Will now exhibited by 
Daniel and Nathaniel Johnson, two of the executors; the third (Isaac 
Johnson) not able to appear, but accepts the trust. Will proven. 



Page 174. 

Johnson, Joseph, Middletown. Invt. £1911-10-08. Taken 13 Decem- 
ber, 1739, by William Prout and William Rockwell. 

Court Record, Page 57 — 4 December, 1739: Adms. to Joseph John- 
son, son of the deed. Recog., £600, with Jabez Hamlin. 

Page yy — 10 December, 1740: Account exhibited by Joseph John- 
son, Adms. Order to distribute as follows : 

£ s d 
To the widow, Elizabeth Johnson, 141-10-07 1-2 

To Joseph, eldest son, 66-03-01 1-2 

To Richard, to Ebenezer, to Samuel, to Edward, to Oliver Johnson, 
to Elizabeth Harris, to Thankfull Hubbard, to Martha Gilbert, to each, 



294 PROBATE RECORDS. VOL. XIII, 

£33-01-09 3-4. By Solomon Adkins, William Rockwell and William 
Prout. Ebenezer Johnson, age 17 years, chose his mother Elizabeth 
Johnson to be his guardian. Recog., £500. Edward Johnson, a minor, 
chose Capt. Henry King of Middletown to be his guardian. Recog., £500. 
This Court appoint Elizabeth Johnson to be guardian to Oliver, Jemima 
and Mary Johnson, all children of Joseph Johnson. Recog., £500. Samuel 
Johnson, age 17 years, chose his brother Return Meggs of Middletown 
to be his guardian. Recog., £500. Cert: Giles Hall, J. P. 



Page 204. 

Jones, Daniel, Colchester. Invt. £1106-06-07. Taken 3 July, 1740, 
by Israel Newton, Isaac Jones and Daniel Worthington. Debts were 
collected from Daniel Daniels, David Graves, Nathaniel Gove, John Chap- 
man, Jonathan Kilborn, John Skinner, Samuel Chapman and Tanstum 
Blustos. 

Court Record, Page 72 — 2 September, 1740: Adms. to Mary Jones, 
widow. Recog., £1800, with Daniel Worthington of Colchester. 

Note: ''This original inventory is transmitted to the Probate Office 
in Colchester by order," 

Page 83 (Vol. XV) 29 December, 1748: Account of Adms. was now 
exhibited by Capt. Benjamin Lothrop and Mary his wife, administrators : 
Paid in debts and charges, £595-02-01. The account allowed and ordered 
on file. Distribution ordered. Inventory of moveable estate, £1850-17-07 ; 
debts and charges subtracted, there remains £1255-15-06 to be distributed, 
as follows: 

£ s d 
To Mary Jones, alias Lothrop, 418-11-10 

To Amasa Jones, only son, 279-01-02 

To Mary, Abigail, Ann and Elizabeth Jones, to each, 139-10-07 

And that there be also distribution of real estate as follows : To Mary 
Jones, alias Lothrop, one-third of land and buildings during life, and to 
Amasa Jones his double share ; to Mary, Abigail, Ann and Elizabeth 
Jones, to each their single share : To be set out by bounds. And appoint 
Messrs. James Treadway, James Jones and Israel Foot, distributors. 

Inventoried in this estate was an old negro man, £40 ; a boy, £25 ; a 
young man, £150; a negro wench, £150. The three youngest daughters 
to have each a £20 right in the negro wench. 



Page 262. 

Joyner, Elizabeth, East Haddam. Invt. £34-15-00 personal estate, 
taken 15 April, 1741, by Jabez Rowley and Daniel Skinner. 

Court Record, Page 93 — ist July, 1741 : Adms. granted on the 
estate of Elizabeth Joyner, who was Adms. on the estate of her husband 



1737 TO 1742. PROBATE RECORDS. 295 

William Joyner, unto Samuel Fuller, Jr., of Colchester, who recog. in 
^70 with Ensign James Church of Hartford. Exhibit of an inventory. Ac- 
cepted, 

Page ID (Vol. XV) ist April, 1746: Samuel Fuller, Adms., ex- 
hibited an account : Paid in debts and charges, £20-16-03. Which account 
is by this Court allowed and ordered on file. 



Page 28. 

Judd, Ebenezer, Hartford. Whereas, our brother Ebenezer Judd of 
Hartford deceased leaving no heirs to inherit his estate, we, his surviving 
brothers and sisters, covenant and agree for the settlement thereof, viz. : 
Thomas Judd and Joseph Judd shall have their part in Hartford bounds, 
with the lott adjoining thereto lying in Farmingtown bounds ; and that 
James Williams and Sarah his wife, and William Scott and Joanna his 
wife, and Joshua How with Elizabeth his wife, and Joseph Hull* with 
Abigail his wife, and Samuel Moss with Mary his wife, and Rachel Judd, 
for their parts, have all the outlands, divided or undivided, in Farming- 
town bounds, with the right in Hartford that belongs to the estate of our 
deceased brother Ebenezer Judd, and shall peaceably and quietly enjoy 
and improve the same. And that this is our firm covenant and agreement, 
we who are here above named, Thomas Judd and Joseph Judd, do re- 
linquish our right, title, interest or claims that we have or should have to 
the above named land in Farmingtown or Hartford, divided or undivided, 
unto the above named James Williams and Sarah his wife, William Scott 
and Joanna his wife, Joshua How and Elizabeth his wife, Joseph Hull 
and Abigail his wife, Samuel Moss and Mary his wife, and Rachel Judd, 
and that they shall in joy and improve the same peaceably to their own 
proper use and behoof without any molestation or trouble from us or our 
heirs or assigns forever. And we, the above named James Williams and 
others, do relinquish all our right, title, interest or claims that we have or 
should have unto the above named lands in Hartford bounds, with the lott 
in Farmingtown bounds adjoining thereto, unto the above named Thomas 
Judd and Joseph Judd, to them and their heirs forever. Whereunto we 
bind ourselves, our heirs, executors, etc., by these presents, whereunto we 
have set our hands and seals. Dated in Wallingford, 18 October, 1737. 



Thomas 

Joseph Judd, ls. 

Sarah X Williams, ls. 

Joanna Scott, ls. 

Elizabeth How, ls. 

Abigail Hall, ls. 

Mary Moss, ls. 
Witnesses : Asahell Hall, 
Ephraim Rice, Thomas Clark, 
Sarah Clark. 



UDD, LS. 

James Williams, ls. 
William Scott, ls. 
Joshua How, ls. 
Joseph Hall. 
Samuel Moss, ls. 
Rachel Judd, ls. 



*Written Joseph Hull and signed Joseph Hall. 



296 PROBATE RECORDS. VOL. XIII, 

Wallingford, 21 Jan., 1737-8: Ap'rd. Samuel Moss and Mary his 
•wife before Benj. Hall, J. P. 

Wallingford, 23 Jan., 1737-8: Ap'rd. Joseph Hall and Abigail his 
wife before Benj. Hall, J. P. 

Wallingford, 23 Jan., 1737-8: Ap'rd. Joshua How and Elisabeth his 
wife before Theophilus Yale, J. P. 

Hartford, p Feb., 1737-8: Ap'rd. Thomas Judd and acknowledged this 
to be his free act and deed. Before Jos: Talcott, Clerk. 

Exhibited in Court, 9 February, 1737-8. Accepted and ordered to 
be recorded. Test: Jos: Talcott, Jr., Clerk. 



Page 138-9-40. 



Judson, Mrs. Ann, Wethersfield. Invt. £219-13-10. Taken 19 April, 
'739> by Benjamin Smith, Joseph Hurlbut and Isaac Riley. Will dated 
12 January, 1738-9. 

I, Ann Judson, widow and relict of Mr. James Judson of Stratford 
deceased, of Fairfield County, but now resident in Wethersfield, in Hart- 
ford County, do make this my last will and testament: I give to my son 
Samuel Steele of Wethersfield one silver cup of two handles, and one 
large case of bottles, one long table and one bellmetle mortar, one tram- 
mel, one paire of tongs, and a small guilded trunk. I give to my son 
Joseph Steele of Kensington, in Farmingtown, of Hartford County, one 
yoak of oxen and £y in money already received, and I do acquit him of all 
demands due to me. I give to my son-in-law Josiah Deming and daugh- 
ter Prudence Deming and their heirs, of Wethersfield, one silver tankard 
and one brass kettle already received, also one featherbed, the best sort, 
pillows and boulster, curtains, and one green rug, two sale white 
blanketts, one green graset suit of apparrell, one black calliminco frock, 
and two undercoats (one black silk and the other flowered brown silk), 
one green salone quilt, a lutstring, hood and scarf, a silk bonnet, a silk 
apron, i paire of green silk gloves, 5 paire of sheets, 4 paire of pillow 
beers, a Holland table cloth, 4 pewter platters (ye middling size), 4 
plates, 2 basins with brim, one warming pan, one brass skillett, a paire 
of sad-irons, one iron pott, one peel, one trunk, one chest of drawers, one 
looking-glass, one round table, two chaires, one candle-stick, and one 
pillion and pillion cloth. I give to my son Ephraim Goodrich and daugh- 
ter Hannah Goodrich of Glastonbury one featherbed, five blanketts, two 
paire of sheets, one iron kettle, one brass skillett, a brass pan, quart pott, 
one small bed and furniture, one small table and one joynt stool, the 
above already received. And I give to my daughter Hannah two paire 
of sheets, two pillow beers, one silk creep caliminco frock, a flowered 
undercoat, black damask, two pewter platters, one iron skillett, a trundel 
bedstead and featherbed, one boulster and two pillows, two blanketts and 
two chairs, one looking-glass with a block frame, and one trunk. I give 
to my son David Steele of Wethersfield a certain tract of land that was 



1737 'J'O 1742. PROBATE RECORDS. 297 

my uncle Lazarus HoUister's of Wethersfield, that fell to me by division 
of his estate, namely, his homestead of land in Wethersfield ; also £3 
money received to pay a debt that he owed to Bazaleel Lattimore of 
Wethersfield. Furthermore, I leave in the hands of my son Josiah Dem- 
ing and Prudence Deming my daughter, for the defraying the necessary 
charges of my sickness and trouble that they have been att for me, a large 
trunk, large brass pan, three brass kettles, two large pewter platters, 
some more pewter if need be, and, further, anything that is not mentioned, 
to be equally divided between my two daughters, Prudence Deming and 
Hannah Goodrich. 

Witness : John Deming, Ann X Judson, ls. 

Joseph Hurlbuf, Jedediah Deming. 

Court Record, Page 49 — ist May, 1739: Will exhibited by Josiah 
Deming and Samuel Steele, who were appointed Adms. with the will 
annexed. 

Page 57 — 4 December, 1739: Account exhibited and accepted. 



Page 260-1. Invt. on Page 314-15. 

Kilboum, George, Wethersfield. Invt. £1604-00-04. Taken 31 
March, 1741, by Nathaniel Stilman, William Manly and Joseph Flower. 
Will dated 5 April, 1739. 

I, George Kilbourn of Wethersfield, think it my duty to settle my 
temporal estate. My will is as followeth : I give to my son Hezekiah 
Kilbourn £100 money toward the payment of a certain debt due from him 
to one Peter Schuyler of New York, and to no other use or intent, which 
sum, with what he hath already received, shall be the whole of his por- 
tion. I give to my son Peletiah Kilbourn 2 acres of land exactly, and to 
be set out to him at the west end of my pasture in Hartford bounds, near 
Penny Wise, by line directly crossing sd. pasture, and that to be the whole 
of his portion. I give to my daughter Abigail the 1-2 of my homelott, 
lying on the south side thereof. Also I give to sd. Abigail my houseing 
and edifices, well, and their appurtenances, standing on sd. lott (excepting 
the barn only), also all my stock of creatures, household goods, and all 
other my personal or moveable estate of what name, nature or denomina- 
tion soever it may be. Also I give to sd. Abigail the use of the northern 
half of sd. homelott and the barn until my grandson Hezekiah Kilbourn 
shall arrive to the age of 21 years, but not longer without his consent. I 
give to my grandson Hezekiah Kilbourn the northern half of my home- 
lott and my barn, with liberty to enter and possess and move off sd. barn, 
upon his arrival at the age of 21 years, and not before. Furthermore my 
will is, and I do hereby order, that my land at a place called Poke Hill, 
viz., ye orchard and that part of my pasture there not given to my son 
Peletiah, shall be in the hands and at ye disposal (in way of sale) of my 
executors hereafter named, for the payment of all my just debts, funeral 



298 PROBATE RECORDS. VOL. XIII, 

expenses and charges of executing this my last will, and also for a stock 
or fund for the payment of sd. iioo due to sd. Schuyler as aforesd. And 
further, whatsoever surplusage there be after sd. payments are made by 
my executors shall remain in their hands, and they shall deliver the same 
to my grandchildren, Keturah Kilbourn and George Kilbourn, in equal 
proportion, upon the sd. George Kilbourn coming to the age of 21 years. 
And I appoint Jacob Goodrich and my daughter Abigail Kilbourn ex- 
ecutors. 

Witness : Daniel Williams, George Kilbourn, ls. 

Nathaniel Burnham, Mehetabell Burnham. 

Court Record, Page 83 — 3 March, 1 740-1 : Will proven. Abigail 
Kilbourn executrix, Jacob Goodrich refused. 



Kilbourn, John. Court Record, Page 89 — 26 May, 1741 : John Kil- 
bourn, age 15 years, son of John Kilbourn of Whippenny, deed., on 29 
December, 1740, chose Josiah Kilbourn of Glastonbury to be his guardian. 
Recog., £300. 



Will in Vol. XIV, Page 55-6. 

Kilbourn, John, Hartford. Will dated 7 December, 1741 : I, John 
Kilbourn of Hartford, do make this my last will and testament : My 
will is that my just debts and funeral expenses be well and truly paid 
and discharged by my executor hereafter mentioned. My will is that my 
executor take care and provide all things necessary for my wife during 
her life. I give unto my daughter Mary Kilbourn £40 in current money. 
I give unto my daughter Sarah Kilbourn £40 in current money. I give to 
my daughter Susannah Kilbourn the sum of £50 in current money, to be 
paid to each of them at the age of 18 years. I give and confirm all the 
remaining of my estate, both real and personal, unto my son John Kil- 
bourn, to be his own forever, at his own dispose. And I appoint my sd. 
son John Kilbourn to be my executor. 

Witness : Johti Hills, John Kilbourn, ls. 

Samuel Roberts, Jonathan Hills. 

Page 108 — 2 February, 1741-2: Will of John Kilbourn now ex- 
hibited by John Kilbourn, executor. 

Page 64 (Vol. XIV) 20 September, 1745 : Sarah Kilbourn, daugh- 
ter of John Kilbourn, made choice of Capt. Jonathan Hill to be her guar- 
dian. Recog., £500. 

Page 21 (Vol. XVII) 2 April, 1754: Simon Strickland, in behalf 
of Kilbourn, the relict of John Kilbourn, late of Hartford de- 
ceased, now moves to this Court that the relict's dowry be set out to her 
as the law directs : Whereupon this Court appoints William Wells and 
Josiah Benton, of Glastonbury, and David Porter, of Hartford, to set out 
by bounds 1-3 part of the buildings and lands for the widow's improve- 
ment during life, and make return thereof to this Court. 



1737 TO 1742. PROBATE RECORDS. 299 

Page 293. 

King, Deacon Hezekiah, of Dutchess County, New York, and estate 
in Sharon, Conn,, £703-03-08. Inventory taken 19 December, 1740, by 
Jabez Cripen and James Smith, appointed and chosen by Samuel King, 
son of sd. deceased and executor. Estate in Tolland, Bolton, and at 
Hockanum, £231-17-06. Taken 19 November, 1740, by Nathaniel Allis 
and Benjamin Talcott, being appointed and chosen by Samuel King, son 
of sd. deceased, male executor of his last will. Will dated 8 October, 1740. 

I, Hezekiah King, of Dutchess County, in the Province of New 
York : I will that my wife Sarah, with my son Samuel, with the help and 
assistance of Capt. Jonathan Dunham of Sharon, shall be executors. I 
give to my wife Sarah all my household goods, a yoke of oxen and three 
cows forever ; also the improvement of my land in Bolton. To my eldest 
son Hezekiah I have already given by deed of gift. I give to my son 
Samuel the half of a six schore acre lott in Sharon, which is my home 
lot, to take his choice in it, the other half my executors to sell for the 
payment of £4 to my eldest daughter Sarah, to Esther £13, to Mary £20, 
and to Bathsheba £20, these sums to be the remaining portions of my 
estate to each of sd. daughters added to what they have already received. 
The remainder of the money sd. land shall be sold for to be for the pay- 
ment of my debts. I give to my two youngest sons, William and John, 
my land in Bolton after their mother's decease, they to pay to their young- 
est sisters, Mary and Alice, £20 apiece. All notes of hand due to me I 
order my executors to make use of for the payment of my debts. And 
as to the place I now live upon, I give my wife the improvement of it so 
long as she is pleased to live upon it, and my interest shall hold good. 
If she move, then my interest to Samuel. My right of land in Sharon 
not already laid out I order my executors to dispose of for the payment 
of my obligations to the Country. I give all the overplus to my wife and 
my son Samuel, only I oblige them to reward Capt. Dunham for his 
service and help. 

Witness : Samuel Chapman, Hezekiah King, ls. 

Joseph Parke, Alexander Spencer. 

Court Record, Page 102 — i December, 1741 : Will of Hezekiah 
King, of Dutchess County, New York, late of Bolton and Hartford, 
proven. 



Page 12. 

Lamb, Samuel, Glastonbury. Invt. £59-02-00. Taken 9 March, 
1736-7, by Josiah Hollister and Thomas Treat. 

Court Record, Page 11 — 13 June, 1737: Adms. to Mercy Lamb, 
widow. Recog., £100, with Josiah Hollister. 

Page 15 — 6 September, 1737: Account of Adms. on the estate of 
Samuel Lamb, late of Glastonbury deed., exhibited in Court by Mercy 
Lamb, Adms. : Paid in debts and charges, £5-01-03. Which accott. is 
accepted and ordered on file. 



300 PROBATE RECORDS. VOL. XIII, 

Launcelet, Samuel. Court Record, Page io8 — 26 January, 1741-2: 
Samuel Launcelet, 17 years of age, son of Samuel Launcelet, a transient 
person, chose Isaac Hubbard of Windsor to be his guardian. Recog., 
£300. 



Page 223-224. 

Lee, Sargt. Thomas, Farmington. Invt. £943-09-09. Taken 28 Oc- 
tober, 1740, by Isaac Cowles, John Hart and Joseph Judd. 

Court Record, Page 76 — 2 December, 1740: Adms. granted to Jared 
Lee, who recog. in £500 with Joseph Lee. 

Page 106 — 5 January, 1741-2: Ebenezer Lee, a minor, age 14 years, 
son of Sergt. Thomas Lee, chose his brother Joseph Lee to be his guar- 
dian. Recog., i200. Cert : John Hooker, J. P. 

Page 56 (Vol. XIV) 2 April, 1745: Jared Lee, Adms., exhibits an 
account of his Adms. Accepted. 

Dist. File: ist April, 1746: Distribution as followeth : 

£ s d 



To the widow, 58-13-06 

To Lydia Norton, 64-02-06 

To Ebenezer Lee, 156- 11 -00 

To Jared Lee, 30-00-00 



£ s d 

To Joseph Lee, 156-11-00 

To John Lee, 156- 11 -00 

To Thomas Lee, 156-19-00 

To James Lee, 156- 11 -00 



April the ist, 1746: We, the subscribers, do mutually agree that the 
foregoing writing shall be a final distribution of the estate of our honrd. 
father Thomas Lee, late of Farmington deceased, and have hereunto set 
our hands and seals in Hartford before the Court of Probate ; and that 
we are fully satisfied and contented for our part with what is in this 
agreement set out to us, and doe discharge all other demands on sd. estate. 



Thomas Lee, ls. 
Ebenezer Lee, ls. 



Jared Lee, ls. 
Joseph Lee, ls. 
John Lee, ls. 

Page 62 — 14 August, 1745: At a Court of Probate holden at Hart- 
ford, for the District of Hartford, on the 22nd day of January, A. D. 
1760: Present, Joseph Buckingham, Esq., Judge; J. Talcott, Clerk: 
Jared Lee, Esq., Adms. on the estate of Mr. Thomas Lee of Farmington 
deceased, having finished his account of Adms. on sd. estate, and sd. 
estate has since been settled by an agreement under hand and seal of the 
heirs of sd. estate: Whereupon this Court grant to the sd. Adms. a 
Quietus Est. 



Page 155-6-7. 

Lewis, Rev. Judah, Colchester. Invt. £1300 in real estate, taken by 
Jonathan Dunham and Stephen Brainard. Will dated 31 March, 1739. 

I, Judah Lewis of Colchester, in the County of Hartford, do make 
this my last will and testament : I give to my wife Mercy 1-3 part of my 



1737 TO 1742. PROBATE RECORDS. 3OI 

moveable estate and make her my sole executrix, and give her £150 more 
of my moveable estate to bring up my children with. And also I give unto 
my wife Mercy the use of all my real estate until my son Ephraim comes 
to the age of 14 years, capable to choose a guardian. And also my wife 
to have the use of which room in my house she pleases so long as she 
remains my widow. Nextly, my will is that my daughter Sarah have all 
the things that was her mother's apprised to her, and also that she have 
so much more paid to her out of my estate as to make up that £200. And 
also I give her a fine satin blanket which was bought for her, which I 
order not to be apprised, and £5 money to buy her a mourning suit with- 
all. Nextly, I give unto my two sons Ephraim and Judah all my real 
estate whatsoever, to be divided in this manner: Ephraim to have £200 
more than Judah, as shall be apprised by indifferent men. Nextly, I give 
to my daughter Lydia £200; and if there be not enough of the moveable 
estate left to pay it, then it shall be made up out of my two sons' estate in 
equal porportion, to be paid her at 18 years of age or when married, which 
shall happen first. I appoint my wife Mercy sole executrix. 
Witness : Nathaniel Foote, Judah Lewis^ ls. 

Benjamin Lewis, Jonathan Dunham. 

Court Record, Page 52 — 3 July, 1739: Will proven. This Court ap- 
point Nathaniel Kellogg, Jr., to be guardian unto Sarah Lewis, a minor, 
9 years of age, daughter of Judah Lewis deceased. Recog., £300. 

Page 332 (Probate Side) March the 28th, 1748: Then received of 
Mrs. Mercy Biggelow, executrix to the estate of my honoured father 
Judah Lewis, late of Colchester deceased, all the things that were my 
mother's (Sarah Lewis deed.) which my honoured father gave me in his 
last will, which amounted to £75-11-00. I also received £124-09-00 in 
bills of the old tenor, it being in full £200 with the things that I received, 
it being the full of my portion that my honoured father gave me by his 
will, as may appear by sd. will. I say received pr me. 
Witness : John Hopson, Sarah Lewis. 

Aaron Kellogg. 

Court Record, Page 152 (Vol. XVII) 31 May, 1757: Mr. Ephraim 
Lewis, one of the sons of the Rev. Judah Lewis, now moves to this Court 
that the rea4 estate of the sd. deceased given him the sd. Ephraim and his 
brother Judah Lewis by the last will and testament of the deceased, may 
be set out to them according to sd. will : Whereupon this Court appoint 
Israel Foot and David Day, of Colchester, and Daniel Horsford, of 
Hebron, to make a division of the real estate and make return thereof to 
this Court. 

Page 153 — 10 June, 1757: Report of the distributors. Accepted. 

Page 112 (Vol. XVIII) : Colchester, April the i8th, 1761 : Then re- 
ceived of David and Mercy Biggelow, executrix, the full of our demands 
as heirs of the estate of Mr. Judah Lewis deceased exhibited in Court of 
Probates, We say received per us : Joseph Crocker, Ephraim Lewis^ 
Witness : Aaron Kellogg. Sarah Crocker, Judah Lewis. 



302 PROBATE RECORDS. VOL. XIII, 

Page 217-18. 

Loomis, Sergt. Daniel, Windsor, Inventory taken 10 July, 1740, by 
Jacob Drake, Aaron Loomis and Timothy Loomis. Will dated 26 Feb- 
ruary, I 73 I -2. 

I, Daniel Loomis of Windsor, do make this my last will and testa- 
ment : I give to Hannah my wife my best bedd and such sheets, blankets 
and other furniture thereunto belonging or is needful as she shall choose. 
I also give her a brass kettle that we have of Jonathan Loomis. I further 
give her a red heifer as her own estate. Also I give unto her the use of 
my dwelling house and so much of the barn as she shall stand in need of, 
and suitable land about each for convenience of gardening and other 
necessary occasions. And also the use of so many of the household goods 
and utensils thereof as are needful in order to her keeping house, and 
also the use of about 13 1-2 acres of land I had partly of David Porter 
and partly of Robert Westland. And the sd. use and improvement of sd. 
building and household goods, &c., she is to have freely during her 
natural life. I give unto my four sons, Daniel, Job, John and Isaac, and 
to their heirs forever, about 13 1-2 acres of land which I purchased partly 
of David Porter and partly of Robert Westland, to be divided among 
them in equal parts, reserving the use thereof to my wife as aforesd. I 
give to my son Josiah all my part and share of the western lands, some- 
times called New Bantums, which was by Assembly granted to Hartford 
and Windsor. I give unto my 7 sons, Daniel, Josiah, Job, John, Isaac, 
Abraham and Benjamin, all my share or right in the commons or proprie- 
tors' land being in the Township of Windsor, and also my right or share 
in the land called equivalent land, lying between Windsor, Enfield, Tol- 
land, Bolton and Willimantic River, to be divided among them in equal 
share both for quantity and quality. I give unto my daughter Mary Bar- 
bour £5, to be paid unto her out of my moveable estate at inventory prices. 
All the residue of my estate, if any there be, I give to all my foremen- 
tioned children in equal shares. I appoint my sons Daniel Loomis and 
Job Loomis to be the only executors. 

Witness: Matthew Allyn, Daniel Loomis, ls. 

Henry Allyn, Timothy Loomis. 

Court Record, Page 71 — 5 August, 1740: Will proven. 



Page 136-7. 



Loomis, Gershom, Windsor. Invt. i990-04-io. Taken 16 February, 
1738-9, by Hezekiah Porter, Joseph Loomis, Jr., and Timothy Loomis. 

Court Record, Page 47 — 3 April, 1739: Adms. to Mary Loomis, 
widow. Recog., ^500, with David Bissell. 



1737 TO 1742. PROBATE RECORDS. 303 

Page 163-4. 

Loomis, Joseph, Windsor. Invt. i38-i2-oo. Taken 5 October, 1739, 
by Hezekiah Porter and William Wolcott. Will dated 17 January, 1733. 

I, Joseph Loomis of Windsor, being advanced to a great age, do 
make my last will and testament : I give to my wife Abigail what I have 
obliged myself to give her by joynture made to her on our marriage, 
which was i20, and also that piece of land which we bought of the heirs 
of Daniel Birge, to be at her own dispose. I give to my son Joseph 
Loomis one acre of swamp land lying the whole breadth of my lott next 
west to the land which he bought of me. I give to my son Enoch Loomis 
my division of land laid out in ye outer commons, known by the name of 
the mile and half-mile, also my right in Tolland. My will is that my 
debts and funeral charges be paid out of my moveable estate and that 
part of my land which I do in this my will give to my son Isaac Loomis. 
I give to my son Isaac Loomis all my meadow land which I have not 
disposed of already, and also 1-4 of my right in land known by the name 
of the equivalent land, and also 1-2 of my right in Windsor Proprietors' 
undivided land. Further, I give to my son Joseph Loomis 1-4 of my 
right known by the name of the equivalent lands or land, and also 1-2 
of my right in Windsor Proprietors' undivided land. Further, it is my 
will that my six children that I had by my former wife, viz., Joseph 
Loomis, Enoch Loomis, Lydia Hinsdale, Martha Bissell, Rachel Lombard 
and Phebe Munsell, shall have 1-2 of my right to the land known by the 
name of the equivalent land in recompense for the land I sold to Daniel 
Loomis. Further, I give to my daughter Lydia Hinsdale £13. Further, 
I give to my daughter Martha Bissell £12-06. Further, I give to my 
daughter Rachel Lombard £15. Further, I give to my daughter Phebe 
Munsell £13-03-00. Further, I give to my daughter Abigail Loomis £20. 
Further, it is my will that if any or so many of my children as shall en- 
deavor to disturb Daniel Loomis about the land I sold him, they shall 
have of the estate but 5 shillings apiece. I appoint my son Isaac Loomis 
to be executor. 

Witness: William Wolcott, Joseph X Loomis^ ls. 

Simon Wolcott, Joseph Newbery, Jun. 

Court Record, Page 59 — 11 January, 1739-40: Will proven. 



Inventory on File. 



Loomis, Timothy, Windsor. Inventory taken 1740, by Nathaniel 
Drake, John Cooke and Henry Allyn. 

Court Record, Page 71 — 5 August, 1740: Adms. granted to Hannah 
Loomis, widow, who recog. in £800 with Timothy Phelps of sd. Windsor. 

See page before the index to Vol. XIV for the following item : 

I, Timothy Loomis of Windsor, in Hartford County, and Esther 
Loomis of Hartford, in sd. County, heirs to the estate of Timothy Loomis,. 



304 PROBATE RECORDS. VOL. XIII, 

late of Windsor, hath received of our honoured mother Hannah Burn- 
ham of Hartford, Adms. to the sd. estate, our full proportionable part of 
all the real and personal estate that did belong to us as heirs to sd. estate, 
to the sum of £1075-01-08 at inventory price, for which we do fully acquit 
and discharge our honoured mother Hannah Burnham aforesd., Adms. 
on sd. estate, from all demands on sd. estate whatsoever. As witness our 
hands this 4th day of April, Anno. Dom. 1755. Timothy Loomis, 

Esther Loomis. 



Page 207-8. 

Lord, Nathaniel, East Haddam. Died 12 June, 1740. Invt. £355-18- 
03. Taken 14 July, 1740, by Henry Chapman, Joseph Gates and Bezaleel 
Brainard. 

Court Record, Page 73 — 2 September, 1740: Adms. to Hannah Lord, 
widow. Recog., £500, with Samuel Emmons. 

The inventory includes 50 acres of land at £5 per acre, £250. 



Page 242-3. 

Lord, Richard, Wethersfield. Invt. £3592-14-08. Taken 24 Decem- 
ber, 1740, by Eleazer Goodrich, Benjamin Stilman and Noadiah Dickin- 
son. Will dated 19 July, 1740. 

I, Richard Lord of Wethersfield, do make this my last will and testa- 
ment : I give to my wife Ruth Lord all my moveable estate which properly 
belongs within my dwelling house, viz. , all my household stuff and 
utensils and implements used in housekeeping, to be her own forever. 
And I give her also the use of 1-3 part of all my real estate during her 
natural life. I give my four children, Richard Lord, George Lord, Ruth 
Lord and Mary Lord, all the remainder of my estate, real and personal 
(under the proviso hereafter mentioned), to be divided among them after 
the following manner, that is to say, that Richard Lord shall have the 
sum of £800 of my estate, and George £600. Ruth Lord and Mary Lord 
shall have each of them the sum of £400 of my estate, or in that propor- 
tion to each of them, as my estate shall arrive, be it more or less, at in- 
ventory price, to be distributed so as may least break up my land into 
pieces and best accommodate my children. I do also further provide that 
my executrix hereafter named shall have full power to sell so much of 
my land as shall be sufficient to pay my just debts, after my moveable 
estate is disposed of, so far as my executrix shall think best. And I do 
herein fully impower her so to do. And further, my will is that the use 
and improvement of my sons' part of my estate shall be for the support 
of my family until they shall be put out to some trade as apprentices, and 
the use of my daughters' portion for the same use until they shall come 
to the age of 18 years. I appoint my wife Ruth Lord to be my executrix. 
Witness : Joseph Pitkin, Richard Lord, ls. 

Timothy Wright, John Stilman, Jr. 



1737 TO 1742. PROBATE RECORDS. 305 

Court Record, Page yj — lo December, 1740: Will proven. 

Page 14 (Vol. XVII) 5 March, 1754: Mrs. Ruth Lord, alias Beld- 
ing, the relict of Mr. Richard Lord deceased, and executrix to the last 
will and testament, now exhibited an account of sundry debts and charges 
due from the estate, amounting to the sum of £639-01-01. Account ac- 
cepted. Also, the sd. executrix now moves that distribution be made 
according to the last will of her deceased husband : Whereupon this 
Court appoint Elizur Goodrich, Hezekiah May and John Stilman distrib- 
utors. 

Dist. File: 5 March, 1754: To the widow Ruth Lord (now Belding), 
to George Lord and to Mary Lord, children of the deceased. By Elizur 
Goodrich, Hezekiah May and John Stilman, distributors. 

Page 31 — 22 April, 1754: Report of the distribution according to 
the last will of the deceased. 

Page 57 — 6 March, 1755: Report of the distribution of part of the 
real estate of the deceased. Accepted. 



Page III. 

Lothrop, Solomon, Tolland. Will dated 15 February, 1737-8: I, 
Solomon Lothrop of Tolland, in the County of Hartford, do make this 
my last will and testament: After my just debts and funeral charges are 
paid out of my personal or moveable estate, I give the remainder unto 
my wife Susannah to be to her only use and dispose forever. I give to 
my daughter Mercy £100. Should my wife bear me a son, my will is 
that my sd. son yet to be born should have all my real estate, houseing 
and lands, buildings, orchards, &c. And I do order that he pay unto my 
daughter Mercy, before mentioned, £100 money or bills of public credit, 
one year after my sd. son shall arrive to the age of 21 years. But if my 
wife bear me a daughter, then my will is that all my real estate as aforesd. 
be equally divided between my two daughters. And also my will is that 
my wife have all the use and improvement of my real etsate, as well 
buildings as lands, to and for herself for the maintenance of my child 
or children until my son (if God bless me with one) shall arrive to the 
age of 21 years. I do hereby appoint my wife Susannah sole executrix. 

Witness : Stephen Steele, Solomon Lothrop, ls. 

Thomas Barnard, Ichahod Lothrop. 

Court Record, Page 91 (Vol. XV) 22 February, 1748-9: Joseph 
Lothrop, a minor son of Solomon Lothrop, late of Bolton deed., chose 
his father-in-law Matthew Loomis of Bolton to be his guardian. Recog., 
£1000. 



Mathews, William. Court Record, Page 30 — 5 June, 1738: William 
Mathews, a minor, 17 years of age, of Wethersfield, chose John Reinolds 
of Wethersfield to be his guardian. Recog., £50. 



306 PROBATE RECORDS. VOL. XIII, 

Page 148-9. 

MeaMns, Lt. John, Hartford. Died 28 August, 1739. Invt. £595- 
18-02. Taken 27 November, 1739, by Nehemiah Olmsted, John Pitkin and 
Stephen Olmsted. Will dated 18 August, 1739. 

I, John Meakins of Hartford, do make this my last will and testa- 
ment: I give unto my four sisters £20 apiece, namely, Mary Belding, 
Sarah Spencer, Rebeckah Holeburd and Hannah Arnold, to be paid to 
them by my executor out of my moveable estate ; and also to pay unto my 
sisters aforesd. iio apiece which I am indebted unto them for their part 
of the negro man called Sharper. I give to my brother Joseph Meakins's 
daughters iio apiece in moveables, namely, to Mary and Sarah Meakins, 
Hannah Olmsted, Abigail and Rebeckah Meakins. I give to my cousins 
Mary and Sarah Meakins a small piece of meadow land commonly called 
Ensign's lott, to be equally divided between them. If my moveable estate 
shall fall short of paying all my just debts and legacies herein given, my 
will is that my cousin Joseph Meakins shall pay the rest within one year 
after that he comes of age. I give to my cousin Joseph Meakins (my 
brother Joseph Meakins's son) all the rest of my estate, houseing, lands 
and moveables, and especially my negro man Sharper, to be servant unto 
my cousin Joseph Meakins until the sd. Sharper is 45 years of age, and 
no longer : at that time the sd. Sharper to be free. I appoint Mr. William 
Pitkin executor. 

Witness : Roger Pitkin, John Meakins, ls. 

Ozias Pitkin, William Bidwell. 

Court Record, Page 56 — 2 October, 1739: Will proven. 



Pasre 180-1. 



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Merrells, Noah, New Hartford. Invt. £177-13-04. Taken 25 July, 
1739, by Martin Smith and Joseph Merrells. 

Court Record, Page 53 — 7 August, 1739: Adms. granted to Esther 
Merrells, widow, who recog. in £300 with Isaac Merrells of Hartford. 

Page no (Vol. XV) 14 November, 1749: Joseph Merrells, age 18 
years, Mehetabell 15 years, and Esther 19 years of age, children of Noah 
Merrells of New Hartford deceased, chose Matthew Gillett of sd. New 
Hartford to be their guardian. Recog., £500 for each minor. 

Page 59 (Vol. XVII) ist April, 1755: Ichabod Merrill of New 
Hartford, guardian to Noah Merrells, son of Noah Merrells, showing to 
this Court that there are several pieces of land that lie in common or 
joynt tenancy between sd. minor and the rest of the heirs to sd. estate, 
and desires sd. land may be distributed according to a law impowering 
freeholders to assist guardians in dividing such lands : Whereupon this 
Court appoint Capt. Matthew Gillett, Israel Loomis and Eleazer Good- 
win to assist sd. guardian in dividing sd. lands, and make return to this 
Court. 



1737 TO 1742. PROBATE RECORDS. 307 

Page 1 67-8-328-33 1. 

Merrells, Samuel, Hartford. Invt. £1020-14-02. Taken 21 Novem- 
ber, 1739, by Joseph Cooke, James Church and Thomas Sanford. 

Court Record, Page 58 — ist January, 1739-40: Invt. exhibited by 
Gideon Merrells, Adms. 

Page 17 (Vol, XIV) 7 February, 1742-3: Gideon Merrells, Adms., 
exhibited an account of his Adms. Accepted. 

Page 18 — II April, 1743: Gideon Merrells having exhibited an ac- 
count of his Adms. to the acceptance of this Court, now moves that dis- 
tributors may be appointed by this Court to divide the real estate of the 
sd. deceased that lyes within the bounds of the Township of New Hart- 
ford, the half part thereof to Gideon Merrells and the other half part 
to Hannah Merrells alias Hannah Butler, the wife of Daniel Butler of 
Hartford aforesd., they being sole heirs to the estate of the deceased. 
This Court do appoint David Ensign and Isaac Kellogg of Hartford dis- 
tributors. 

Page 40 — 6 March, 1743-4. An addition to the invt. of the estate of 
Samuel Merrells was now exhibited by Gideon Merrells. Also, he ex- 
hibited a further account of his Adms. Also, report of the distributors. 
Allowed. 



Page 142, 

Micks, Elisha, Wethersfield, Invt. £4704-01-07. Taken 31 August, 
1739? by Nathaniel Burnham, Thomas Goodwin and Josiah Griswold. 
Will dated 18 May, 1737. 

I, Elisha Micks of Wethersfield, do make this my last will and testa- 
ment: Imprimis. I give £20, or what shall be sufficient to procure a 
decent tombstone for the grave of my honoured father, to be disposed of 
by my executor for that purpose. I give to my four sisters now living 
in the house with me all my lands in Wethersfield, except three acres, 
which I give to my sister Belding; also 1-5 of all my books, except my 
physickall books, which I give to my cousin John Goodrich. I give to 
my sister Goodrich all my father's wearing apparell and my own, with 
all my deer's leather and £20 money (this last upon condition that she 
maintains and take care of my negro maid Betty), and my old bay mare, 
to be to her, her heirs and assigns forever. I give to my sister Rebeckah 
all my drugs and a silver cup which fell to my lot of the things which 
came from Northampton. I appoint Mr. Thomas Curtis, Mr. Hezekiah 
May and my sister Goodrich executors. 

Witness : John Deming, Elisha Micks, ls. 

Jonathan Goodrich, Elisabeth Goodrich. 

Court Record, Page 53 — 7 August, 1739: Will now exhibited by 
Thomas Curtis and Sarah Goodrich, executors. 



308 PROBATE RECORDS. VOL. XIII, 

P^ge 55 — 13 September, 1739: Invt. exhibited by Sarah Goodrich. 

Page 32 (Vol. XV) 3 February, 1746-7: Mr. Hezekiah May of 
Wethersfield, one of the executors to the last will and testament of sd. 
deceased, now moves this Court to make a division of one certain piece 
of land in Middletown, according to the will of the sd. deceased, viz., to 
the heirs of Mary Belding 3-8 part of sd. lott, excepting 3 roods of the 
low land, and the rest of the sd. lott to be divided to all his sisters and to 
all the heirs of the sd. Mary Belding: Whereupon this Court appoint 
Return Meigs, William Rockwell and Lt. Jacob Whitmore, of Middle- 
town, distributors. 



Micks, Rev. Stephen. Court Record, Page 39 — 23 January, 1738-9: 
Whereas, Rev. Stephen Micks of Wethersfield deed., by an instrument 
under his hands and seal, did convey all his estate to his son Elisha Micks, 
sd. instrument bearing date 12 August, 1738, and there being no pro- 
vision made whereby the debts due the estate can be recovered, or for the 
creditors to receive their dues from the estate : This Court grant ad- 
ministration to Elisha Micks of Wethersfield, who gave bond, etc. 



Page 34-5. 

Miller, Nathaniel, Middletown. Invt. ;£656-o6-o7. Taken 24 De- 
cember, 1736, by Benjamin Adkins, Joseph Miller and William Rockwell. 

Court Record, Page i — 10 December, 1736: This Court appoint 
Elizabeth Miller to be guardian to Elizabeth Miller, a minor, 9 months of 
age. Recog., £100. 

Page 24 — 7 March, 1736-7: Elizabeth Miller, Adms., exhibited an 
account of her Adms. Accepted. 

Page 7 (Vol. XIV) ist June, 1742: This Court appoint Elijah Miller 
to be guardian to Elizabeth Miller, a minor, now 7 years of age, daughter 
of Nathaniel Miller, late of sd. Middletown deceased. Recog., £100. 

Page 8 — 6 July, 1742: Caleb Hubbard of Middletown, Adms. in 
right of his wife Elizabeth Miller (alias Hubbard) on Nathaniel Miller 
his estate, showing to this Court that his sd. wife is also deceased, and 
that there has been an account of Adms. rendered to this Court and ac- 
cepted, and that his sd. wife now deceased hath not had her part of the 
moveable estate distributed to her : Whereupon this Court do appoint and 
impower William Rockwell, Benjamin Adkins and Joseph Miller, of Mid- 
dletown, to distribute and divide the moveable estate to the sd. Nathaniel 
Miller in the proportion hereafter set forth. Paid in debts and charges, 
£72-06-00; invt. of the moveable estate, £217-11-05; debts and charges 
subtracted, £72-06-00; there then remains to be distributed the sum of 
£145-06-00. This Court order 1-3 part thereof to be distributed to Caleb 
Hubbard in right of his wife Elizabeth, and 2-3 thereof to Elizabeth 
Miller, the only child. 

Page 2 — 23 September, 1742: Report of the distributors. 



1737 TO 1742. PROBATE RECORDS. 309 

Page 82, 152-3. 

Miller, Samuel, Middletown. Invt. £1068-05-00. Taken 18 May, 
1738, by Solomon Adkins, Hezekiah Sumner and William Rockwell. 
Will dated 8 March, 1737-8. 

I, Samuel Miller of Middletown, in the County of Hartford, do make 
this my last will and testament : I give unto Marcy my wife the use of 1-3 
part of my buildings and of my improved land during the time she shall 
remain my widow ; 1-3 part of my household goods and stock to be at 
her dispose forever. I give to my son Samuel my buildings and homelott 
and all my lands at Pegowset. I give to my son Nathan all that piece 
of land I bought of Mr. Woodbridge, and my will is that what my son 
Nathan wants to be equal with my son Samuel shall be made to him in 
out-land. And then all the remainder of my land, divided and undivided, 
and my interest in Hop Swamp Stream, and all my carpentry tools and 
husbandry tools, shall be equally divided between my two sons, only it is 
to be understood that I give my son Samuel all my buildings more than 
to equal him with my son Nathan. In consideration whereof my will is 
that my son Samuel shall pay all my just debts and funeral charges. And 
my will is that my two sons shall equally pay to my two daughters, 
Esther and Sibell, as their full portion of my estate, to each the sum of 
£40 in or as money. I appoint my son Samuel sole executor. 

Witness : James Miller, Samuel Miller, ls. 

Jared Miller, William Rockwell. 

Court Record, Page 30 — 5 June, 1738: Will and invt. exhibited. Will 
proven. 

Page 152 — 28 September, 1739: We, the subscribers (at the desire 
of the executors of the last will and testament of Samuel Miller, late of 
Middletown deed.), have this 28th day of September, 1739, divided the 
estate of the sd. deed, according to his last will and testament, as follows : 

£ s d 

To the widow, 1-3 of the household goods and stock, 42-10-10 

To Samuel Miller, eldest son, household goods and stock and 

husbandry tools, 99-09-03 

To Nathan Miller, 2nd son, household goods and stock and 

husbandry tools, 99-09-03 

To Samuel Miller, in real estate, 5 15- 11-07 

To Nathan Miller, in real estate, 415-11-07 

We, the subscribers, being the widow and sons of the aforesd. 
Samuel Miller, do agree with, consent to and promise, for ourselves and 
our heirs, to abide by the foregoing distribution. As witness our hands 
this 2nd October, 1739. 

Witness : Charles Hamlin, Marcy Miller, 

Wm. Rockwell. Samuel Miller, 

Nathan Miller. 

Dist. accepted in Court and ordered to be recorded. 

Test: Joseph Talcott, Jr., Clerk. 



310 PROBATE RECORDS. VOL. XIII, 

Page 261. 

More, William, Simsbury. Died 29 January, 1738-9. Invt. £95-14- 
02. Taken 25 January, 1739-40, by Benjamin More and John Lewis. 
Estate of William More of Simsbury, who died 29 January, 1738-9, in 
East Jersey, in the Province of New York: To money in bills of New 
York, New Jersey, Rhode Island and New Hampshire, and in value of 
our bills, £24-09-06. More of public (bills) on the Province of New 
York, New Jersey, Rhode Island and New Hampshire, all, £24-05-00 
(with personal estate taken at Simsbury). 

Court Record, Page 45 — 19 March, 1738-9: Adms. to William 
More of Simsbury, father of the deceased. 

Page 16 (Vol. XIV) ist February, 1742-3 : William More, Adms., 
exhibits an account of his Adms.: Paid in debts and charges, £135-12-11. 
Which account is accepted and ordered to be kept on file. 



Page 136. 

Morgan, Rachel, Widow of Thomas, late of Hartford deed.. We, 
the subscribers, being heirs of the estate, have received our several pro- 
portions by agreement this 3 April, 1739, as foUoweth : 

£ s d 
To Leah, the wife of Jonathan Cad well, daughter of the deed., 16-19-00 
To Hannah, the wife of Isaac Goodwin, daughter of the deed., 16-19-00 
To Rachel, wife of Abel Colyer, daughter of the deed., 16-19-00 

To Deliverance, wife of Stephen Hosmer, granddaughter of 

the deed., 16-19-00 



Signed : Jonathan Cadwell, ls. 
Abell Colyer, ls. 



Isaac Goodwin, ls. 
Stephen Hosmer, ls. 



Court Record, Page 20 — 18 January, 1737-8 : Estate Rachel Morgan 
deed. : Adms. to Isaac Goodwin and Stephen Hosmer. Recog., £400, 
with William Pratt. 



Page 256. 

Morley, Martha, Glastonbury. Invt. £61-01-07. Taken 2 January, 
1 740- 1, by Jonathan Hale and Nathaniel Talcott. 

Court Record, Page 81 — 20 January, 1 740-1 : Adms. to Ebenezer 
Morley. Recog., £300, with Jonathan Hale. 



Page 318. 

Morton, Thomas, Stepney. Will dated 28 November, 1734: I, 
Thomas Morton of Stepney, in Wethersfield, do make this my last will 
and testament : I give to Comfort Morton, my wife, the use of 1-3 part 



1737 TO 1742. PROBATE RECORDS. 3II 

of my buildings and of all my lands during her natural life, and 1-3 of 
my household goods and moveable estate freely to be possessed and dis- 
posed of by her as she shall think fitt. I give to my daughter Ruth £150 
in or as money, reckoning to make up the above-mentioned sum what 
she hath already received. I give to my daughter Sarah £150 with what 
she hath already received. I give to my daughter Sarah the liberty and 
improvement of a convenient room in my house, and also the improve- 
ment of 1-3 part of the gardens so long as she continues unmarried. 1 
give to my son John Morton, whom I constitute my sole executor, all and 
singular my buildings and lands, he allowing to his mother and sister 
Sarah the use and improvement of such a part of the buildings and lands 
as above mentioned. Also, I give to my son John all the remainder of my 
household and moveable estate (after my wife has taken her thirds), he 
paying to his sisters the legacies above mentioned. 
Witness : Daniel Russell, Thomas Morton, ls. 

Jonathan Riley, Daniel Denting. 

Court Record, Page 71 — 5 August, 1740: Will exhibited by John 
Morton. Proven, 

Page 331 (Probate Side) : Whereas, our honoured father Thomas 
Morton, late of Wethersfield deceased, did in his last will and testament 
give to our honoured mother. Comfort Morton, 1-3 part of his moveable 
and household estate for her own, which will being made before the 
death of our mother and never altered by our father since her death, we, 
the subscribers, children and heirs of the deceased, have mutually and 
lovingly agreed equally to divide among ourselves that part of the move- 
able estate which in our father's will was to have been our mother's, and 
have each one received our part of sd. estate. As witness our hands and 
seals. Signed and sealed in the presence of the Court of Probates in Hart- 
ford on the 2nd day of March, 174 1-2. 

John Morton, ls. 
Stephen Russell, ls. 
Zebulon Robbins, ls. 



Sarah X Robbins, ls. 
Ruth Russell. 



Court Record, Page iii — 2 March, 1741-2: Agreement exhibited in 
Court and accepted. 

Newbery, Benjamin, Estate. Court Record, Page 5 1 — 25 June, 1739: 
Adms. granted to Roger Newbery and Roger Wolcott, Jr. Recog., £1000, 
with Peletiah Mills. 



Page 3 1 2- 1 3- 1 4-332-3-4. 



Newbery, Roger, Windsor. Invt. £4050-06-05, equal to silver at 28 
shillings per ounce, taken 17 November, 1741, by John Cooke 2nd, Sam- 
uel Enno and Daniel Bissell. Additional invt., £1177-08-02. A still fur- 



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VOL. XIII, 



ther addition of £362-10-00, taken 11 December, 1749. On the 14th day 
of December, 1755, Charles Kilby of London received £168. Will dated 
5th September, 1740, 

I, Roger Newbery of Windsor, in the County of Hartford, being en- 
tered into His Majestie's service against the Spanish West Indies, not 
knowing how God may dispose of me, do make this my last will and testa- 
ment: I give to my wife Elizabeth Newbery £150 money, equivalent to 
silver at 27 shillings per ounce, and 1-3 part of all the remainder of my 
moveable estate after the sd. £150 is first deducted, to her and her heirs 
forever ; and also the use of 1-3 part of all my real estate, both houseing 
and lands, so long as she shall remain my widow. I give to my son Roger 
£200 out of my real estate at inventory price. I give to my son Benjamin 
£150 out of my real estate. I give to my son Thomas £150 out of my real 
estate. I give to my four daughters, Elizabeth, Hannah, Abigail and 
Sarah, £100 to each of them. And further, my will is that all my estate, 
both real and personal, shall be inventoried, according to which inventory 
all my estate shall be distributed and equally divided amongst my chil- 
dren by distributors appointed by the Court of Probates (except what 1 
have herein disposed of to my wife) in such proportion as is above men- 
tioned. And my daughters shall take their portions out of the moveable 
estate so far as that will answer, which shall be paid them at marriage 
or when they arrive to the age of 21 years. And if the moveables are not 
sufficient to answer their several portions, the remainder thereof shall be 
set out to them in land at inventory price. My will is that my molatto 
servant Tony (alias Benoni), when he shall arrive at the age of 25 years, 
shall be released and discharged from any service or duty to any of my 
heirs, and also suitably clothed (out of my estate) for such person. I ap- 
point my wife Elizabeth Newbery and my brother Roger Wolcott, Jr., to 
be executors. 



Witness : Matthew Allyn, 
Henry Allyn, Esther Filley, Jr. 



Roger Newbery, ls. 



Court Record, Page 97 — 9th September, 1741 : Will proven. 

Page 59 (Vol. XVI) 7 April, 1752: Abigail Newbery, a minor, 18 
years of age, Roger Newbery, 17 years, and Sarah Newbery, 15 years, 
children of Roger Newbery, chose their mother Mrs. Elizabeth Newbery 
to be their guardian. Recog., £1000. 



Page 201-2. 

Newell, Elizabeth, Farmington. Invt. £207-01-06. Taken October, 
1740, by John Newell and John Rew. Will dated 19 December, 1739. 

I, Elizabeth Newell of Farmington, doe make this my last will and 
testament : I give unto my son Thomas Newell my house and barn and 



1737 TO 1742. PROBATE RECORDS. 3I3 

ye lott on which they stand, and all my land adjoining thereunto, to him, 
his heirs and assigns forever. I give unto my son Simon Newell 40 
shillings, to be paid unto him by my executor hereafter named, out of 
my moveable estate. I give unto my daughter Elizabeth Lewis (alias 
Newell) all my wearing clothes. I give unto my son Joseph Newell my 
feather bed with all the furniture for sd. bed. I give unto my daughter 
Easter Newell and to my son Thomas Newell and to my son Joseph 
Newell all the remaining part and residue of my estate in what kind or 
degree soever, to be equally divided between them. Lastly, I make my son 
Thomas Newell whole and sole executor. 

Witness : John Newell, Elizabeth X Newell, ls. 

Ephraini Smith, Jr., Sarah X Smith. 

Court Record, Page 73 — 2 September, 1740: Will exhibited in Court 
by the executor named therein, who refused the trust and desired that 
his cousin James Newell of Farmington be Adms. This Court grant him 
letters of Adms. with the will annexed. Recog., £200, with Samuel 
Newell of Farmington. 

Page 83 — 3 March, 1 740-1 : Jonathan Lewis of Farmington, in right 
of his wife, a daughter of sd. deed., now appeals from a decree of this 
Court granting Adms. to James Newell on sd. estate to the Superior 
Court. Recog., £10. 

Page 90 — 2 June, 1741 : James Newell, Adms., exhibited an account 
of his Adms., which account is accepted. Also, the sd. Adms. moves for 
a dist., whereupon this Court appoints Capt. John Newell and Lt. John 
Rew, of Farmington, distributors. 

Distribution from File, date 2 June, 1741 : To Elizabeth Lewis, alias 
Newell, to Joseph Newell, to Simon Newell, to Thomas Newell, to Easther 
Newell. Bv John Nezvell and John Rezv, Distributors. 



Nichason, Henry, Estate, Hartford. Court Record, Page 54 — 13 
September, 1739 : Adms. to Hannah Nichason, widow, and Peletiah Mills 
of Windsor. Recog., £100, with Disbrow Spencer of Hartford. 

Page 69 — 23 June, 1740: Estate insolvent. This Court appoint 
Ensign James Church, Ensign Daniel Goodwin and Walter Henderson 
commissioners. 



Page 44-5-6. 



Nott, William, Stepney. Invt. £229-18-01. Taken 14 December, 
^737 > by Benjamin Wright, Gideon Goodrich and Jonathan Boardman. 
Will dated 9 November, 1737. 

I, William Nott of Stepney, do make this my last will and testa- 
ment : I give to my wife Abigail Nott the use and improvement of one- 



314 PROBATE RECORDS. VOL. XIII, 

third part of my house, barn, cyder mill press and all my other buildings ; 
also the improvement of one-third part of all my cleared lands during her 
widowhood: Also, I give to my beloved wife all the moveable estate 
that she brought with her when I married her, and all that remains due 
to her from her first husband's estate, to be her own property and at her 
own dispose. Also, I give to her for her own property one-third part 
of my moveable estate in my house, allowing to her first choice, par- 
ticularly that she shall have in her part a midling iron pot. I give to my 
son Thomas Nott 21 1-2 acres of land which I bought of Samuel Benton, 
lying near Daniel Belding's ; also 4 acres of land in the meadow near 
Beaver Brook, that I bought of John Russell. I give to my son Abraham 
Nott 6 acres of land adjoyning to the heirs of Eliphalet Dickinson deed. 
Also, I give him my lot lying at the head of Hog's Brook, which I had of 
Joseph Belding. Also I give to Abraham one-half of my lot bought of 
John Belding, lying in the meadow. These to him and his heirs forever. 
I give to my son William Nott the remainder of my homelott with all the 
buildings thereon, he paying to my wife the improvement of 1-3 part. I 
give to my wife's daughter Olive Nott my lott in Beaver Meadow, which 
lott I bought of Nathaniel Burnham. My sons to pay to their sisters, to 
Jemima, to Elizabeth and to Olive, to each £5. I appoint my wife 
Abigail and my son Abraham Nott executors. 

Witness : Daniel Russell, William Nott, ls. 

Gideon Goodrich, Samuel Goffe. 

Court Record, Page 19 — 3 January, 1737-8: Will now exhibited by 
the executors, who refused the trust and took Adms. with the will an- 
nexed. Recog., isoo, with Benjamin Wright. 

Page 22 — 14 February, 1737-8 : An account of Adms. was exhibited 
by Abigail Nott, widow. Accepted. 

Page 70 — 5 August, 1740: Abigail Nott, widow and relict of Wil- 
liam Nott of Wethersfield deed, (alias Abigail Blynn, now the wife of 
Jonathan Blynn of sd. Wethersfield), now moved to this Court that suit- 
able persons may be appointed as the law directs to set out to her her dowry 
in the estate of the sd. deed., whereupon this Court do appoint Benjamin 
Wright, Lt. Gideon Goodrich and Deacon David Goodrich to set out 1-3 
part of the buildings and lands of the sd. deed, by bounds, and make re- 
turn to this Court. 

Page 85 — 17 March, 1740-1 : William Nott, age 17 years, son of 
William Nott deed., chose Thomas Curtiss of Wethersfield to be his guar- 
dian. Recog., £100. 

Page 96 — 13 August, 1740: Abigail Blynn, former wife of William 
Nott, desired this Court to appoint Elisha Boardman of Wethersfield to 
be guardian to Olive Nott, age 6 years. Recog., £100. 

Page TIG — 2 March, 1741-2: Jonathan Blynn, in right of his wife 
Abigail, widow and relict of William Nott, late of Wethersfield deed., 



1/37 TO 1742. PROBATE RECORDS. 315 

moves to this Court that freeholders may be appointed to set out to him 
and his sd. wife her dowry in that estate (the sd. deed, not having given 
his sd. widow her dowry in his estate by his last will), whereupon this 
Court appoint Jonathan Belding, Ephraim Williams and John Stilman to 
set out by bounds 1-3 part of the buildings and lands of the deed, for 
her improvement during life. 

Page 2 (Vol. XIV) 13 August, 1742: A return of the dowry set 
out to the widow, under the hands of Jonathan Belding, Ephraim Wil- 
liams and John Stilman, was now exhibited and accepted by the Court. 



Page 146-7. 

Olmsted, Mary, East Haddam. Invt. £102-12-10. Taken 29 October, 
1739, by John Spencer, Jabez Chapman and John Willey, Jr. Will dated 
23 April, 1734. 

I, Mary Olmsted of East Haddam, in the County of Hartford, do 
make this my last will and testament: I give to my son Samuel Olmsted 
all my estate after my just debts are paid, except what is hereafter in this 
my will otherwise bequeathed. I give to my son John Olmsted my Bible. 
I give to my daughter Sarah Cone i Duroy suit of aparrel and 20 shillings 
in money. I give to my daughter Elizabeth Church my bed and bedstead 
with the furniture ; also I give to her my trunk and all that is therein ; 
also I give to her my box and all that is in it. I give to her my warming 
pan, my brass kettle, two pewter platters, one basin and one porringer ; 
also I give 9 sheets and two pillow beers, also my linen wheel. I give to 
my above-named children and their heirs and assigns in manner as above 
sd. I constitute my son-in-law John Church to be sole executor. 
Witness : John X Spencer, Mary X Olmsted, ls. 

Isaac Spencer, Jabez Chapman. 

Court Record, Page 57 — 6 November, 1739 : Will proven. 



Page 276-7. 

Olmsted, Thomas, Hartford. Invt. £111-09-08. Taken 28 May, 
1741, by David Ensign and Daniel Webster. Will dated 23 May, 1735. 

I, Thomas Olmsted of Hartford, do make this my last will and testa- 
ment : I give to my sons Thomas and Stephen my north lott which they 
have improved for some years past, to each of them an equal part of it. 
I give to my son Daniel 16 acres at the west end of the lott on which my 
dwelling house stands, the remainder of which I give to my three sons, 
Thomas, Stephen and Daniel, to each of them an equal part. And my 
will is that Thomas shall have his part on the south side of the lott, and 
Daniel his part next to him, and Stephen his part on the north side. This 



3l6 PROBATE RECORDS, VOL. XIII, 

is the order in which I would have the. land on the west side of the high- 
way divided. And east of the highway Stephen's part shall be next to 
Thomas's, and Daniel shall have the north side of the lott. And I will 
have it understood that if Stephen's part east of the highway shall be 
found to take in the barnyard or any part of it, that Daniel shall notwith- 
standing have the yard entirely to himself and his own use, and shall 
make a proportionable allowance to Stephen out of the land that shall 
fall to him eastward. It is moreover my will that Thomas and Stephen 
shall have and injoy the buildings, viz., the houses and barns that stand 
upon their respective shares of land. And also I give to my son Daniel 
my dwelling house and barn and my team, that is to say, a yoke of oxen 
and the brown mare that leads the team, etc. I will 20 shillings to my 
daughter Sarah and 5 shillings to my daughter Damarus ; and to my other 
daughters, viz., Rebeckah, Hannah and Jerusha, I will and bequeath £40 
apiece, to be paid out of my moveable estate. 

Witness : Benjamin Woodbridge, Thomas Olmsted, ls. 

Reuben Ely, Ruth Cotton. 

Court Record, Page 94 — 7 July, 1741 : Will exhibited by the wit- 
nesses, there being no executor named in the will. Adms., with the will 
annexed, to Thomas Olmsted. Recog., iiooo, with Daniel Olmsted, son 
of the deceased. 



Page 53-4. 

Orvice, Roger, Farmington. Invt. £179-12-07. Taken by Isaac 
Cowles and Samuel Nash. Will dated 18 December, 1736. 

I, Roger Orvice of Farmington, do make this my last will and testa- 
ment : I give to my wife Miriam my estate all, both real and personal, to 
be at her own dispose to give to my own children. I appoint my wife 
Miriam Orvice sole executrix. 

Witness : Isaac Cowles, Roger Orvice, ls. 

William Hooker, Ebenezer Lancton. 

Court Record, Page 2 — ist March, 1736-7: Will proven. 



Page 15 1-2. 

Owen, Aaron, Wethersfield. Invt. £398-06-09. Taken 3rd Septem- 
ber, 1739, by Joshua Robbins and Timothy Boardman. 

Court Record, Page 49 — 12 May, 1739: Adms. to John Coleman, Jr. 
Recog., £500, with Gershom Nott. 

Page 74 — 4 November, 1740: James Owen, age 17 years, and Han- 
nah Owen, age 14 years, children of Aaron Owen, chose Nathaniel Cole- 
man to be their guardian. Recog., £400. 



1/37 10 1742- PROBATE RECORDS. 317 

Page ly (Vol. XV) 4 November, 1746: John Coleman, Adms., ex- 
hibited an account of his Adms. Accepted. 

Page 84 — 3 January, 1748-9: John Coleman, Adms., having rend- 
ered his account of Adms. on sd. estate, now moves this Court for a dis- 
tribution of the moveable estate, £312-06-06, to be distributed: to John, 
the eldest son, his double share ; and to Aaron, James, Hannah and Pru- 
dence, to each of them their single shares. And appoint Timothy Baxter, 
Isaac Riley and Samuel Treat, of Wethersfield, distributors. 

Page 115 — 2 January, 1749-50: John Coleman, Adms., now moves 
to this Court that distribution of the real estate might be granted to and 
among the heirs of the sd. deceased : Whereupon this Court appoint Isaac 
Riley and Samuel Treat, of Wethersfield, to distribute the sd. real estate 
to Hannah and Prudence, the whole of sd. estate in equal proportion, 
and make return of their doings thereon to this Court. 

This record is unaccountable — that the zvhole of the real estate should 
be distributed to Hannah and Prudence Owen, and no mention of the 
sons, John, Aaron -and James Owen. But no further record has been 
found to either prove or disprove the Court's order for distribution. 
— [C. W. M. 



Owen, Asahel. Court Record, Page 91 — 2 June, 1741 : Asahel 
Owen, a minor, age 15 years, son of Asahel Owen, late of Sheffield, in 
the Province of Massachusetts Bay, chose Major William Pitkin to be his 
guardian. Recog., £50. 



Page 328. 

Owen, Elijah, Windsor. Died 21 September, 1741. Invt. £1761- 
09-05. Taken by Isaac Gillett, Joshua Holcomb and Joseph Wilcoxson. 

Court Record. Page 105 — 5 January, 1741-2: Adms. granted to 
Hannah Owen, widow. Recog., £1000, with Isaac Owen of Windsor. 

Page 27 (Vol. XIV) 2 August, 1742: Peletiah Mills, Jr., of Wind- 
sor, and his wife Hannah Mills, relict of Elijah Owen, late of sd. Wind- 
sor, Adms. on the sd. estate, being cited to render an account of Adms., 
Peletiah Mills, Jr., appeared and rendered an account, which is accepted, 
and this Court order them to present a full account on the ist Tuesday of 
October next. 

Page 35 — 6 December, 1743 : Rebeckah Owen, age 7 years, Elijah 
5 years, and Hannah 3 years, children of Elijah Owen of Windsor : this 
Court appoint Brewster Higley of Simsbury to be their guardian. Recog., 
£500. 



Pantry, John, Estate, Hartford. Court Record, Page 34—5 Octo- 
ber, 1738: Adms. granted to Nathaniel Jones and Richard Goodman of 
Hartford. Recog., £500, with Matthew Talcott of Hartford, for their 
Adms. on the moveable estate. 



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Page 263. 

Peck, Joseph, Tolland, Invt. £406- 17-03. Taken 29 May, 1741, by 
Nathaniel Woodward, Joshua Wills, Jr., and Zebulon West. 

Court Record, Page 91 — 15 June, 1741 : Adms. granted to John Ab- 
bott, of Tolland, by desire of Elizabeth Peck the widow. Recog., £500, 
with George Bradley of Tolland. 

Page II (Vol. XIV) 5 October, 1742: John Abbott, Adms., exhibited 
an account of his Adms. Accepted. The Adms. moves to this Court that 
the widow may have her thirds of moveables set out to her : Whereupon 
this Court appoint Ensign Ephraim Grant, Sergt. Samuel West and Mr. 
Joshua Wills, of Tolland, to set out and divide 1-3 part of the moveables 
to Elizabeth Peck, widow, £38-10-04. 

Page 21 — 5 April, 1743 : John Peck, a minor, 3 years of age next 
August, son of Joseph Peck of Tolland : this Court do appoint John Ab- 
bott to be his guardian, Recog., £100 money. 

Page 47 — September, 1744: A further account of allowance on the 
estate of Joseph Peck to John Abbott, Adms., for the maintenance of the 
child 2 years at £8 per year; total, £16 old tenor. 



Invt. in Vol. XIV, Page 22. 

Pellett, Thomas, Sen., Hartford. Died 17 August, 1741. Invt. £68- 
13-04. Taken 2 September, 1741, by Samuel Gains and James Porter. 

Court Record, Page 97 — ist September, 1741 : Adms. granted to 
Stephen Shipman of Glastonbury, who gave bond with Samuel Shipman 
of Hebron, the widow desiring the same, she being very aged and infirm. 

Page 9 (Vol. XIV) 3 August, 1742: Stephen Shipman, Adms., ex- 
hibited an account of his Adms., which account is accepted, ordered 
recorded and kept on file. 

Page 15 (Vol. XV) ist July, 1746: Stephen Shipman of Glaston- 
bury, Adms., now exhibits a further account of his Adms. of £25-06-01 ; 
so that it appears he has paid in debts and charges more than the amount 
of the inventory, and is granted a Quietus Est. 



Page 196. 

Pendleton, Caleb, Colchester. Invt. £1616-01-06. Taken 28 May, 
1740, by John Holmes, Jr., and Simon Miner. Will dated 15 May, 1740. 

I, Caleb Pendleton of Colchester, do make this my last will and testa- 
ment: I give to Marcy, my wife, 1-2 of the income of the farm I now 
live on, 1-2 of the house, that is to say, the west end of the house, during 
the term of 10 years after the 29th day of July next after the date hereof, 
for the bringing up of my two small children, Lydia and Elizabeth ; and 
from the expiration of 10 years I give her 1-3 part of the income of the 



1737 TO 1742. PROBATE RECORDS. 3I9 

farm during her natural life, and also the bed that I had with her when 
I married her, and bedding, and all the household goods I had with her, 
and 1-3 part of all my household goods, and the best cow and calf that I 
have, and my sorril mare, and six of my middle sort of shoats. I give to 
my son Benajah Pendleton all my land, messuages and tenements, to him 
and his assigns forever, that I now have, except that piece of land I had 
of Capt. John Holmes, and all my utensils for husbandry, and my gunn 
and cane, and one large paire of stillyards, and all my wearing clothes ; 
and it is to lye in the hands of my executors until my son Benajah comes 
of age. I give to my daughter Abigail Johnson 5 shillings in money; I 
have already paid her a portion. I give to my daughters Sarah and 
Mary Pendleton 2-3 parts of all my household goods and £30 in money 
apiece, to be paid at the age of 18 years. I give to my two youngest 
daughters, Lydia and Elizabeth Pendleton, £15 apiece, to be paid at 18 
years of age. And I also leave all the rest of my stock and lands and 
servants in the hands of my brother John Randall, Jr., of Stoningtown, in 
New London County, for him to sell and dispose of to pay my debts and 
legacies, whom I ordain my sole executor. 

Witness : Clement Minor, Caleb Pendleton, ls. 

Richard Tozer, John Holmes, Jr. 

Items from, the Inventory of Caleb Pendleton's Estate: 

One Indian boy servant named Samuel, inventoried at £1$ 

One Indian boy servant named Peter, inventoried at £22 

One Indian boy servant named Jonathan, inventoried at £18 

Notes of hand due from Ichabod Randall, ^I39 

Due from Benoni Smith, ii8 

Due from James Tilley, £606 

Due from Daniel Tennant, £5 

Due from Peter Bulkley, ii2-i2 

Court Record, Page 67 — 10 June, 1740: Will now exhibited by John 
Randall, Jr., executor named in the will. Proven. 

Page 88 — 5 May, 1741 : Stephen Stark, in right of his wife Marcy 
Stark, who was widow of Caleb Pendleton of Colchester deceased, by 
his attorney William Treadway of Colchester, moves this Court that her 
dowry in the real estate may be set out to her. This Court appoint Samuel 
Lathrop of Norwich, Lt. James Fitch of Lebanon and Noah Welles of 
Colchester to set out to the sd. Marcy Stark (alias Marcy Pendleton) one- 
third part of the building and lands. 

In Vol. XIII, the last Court Record in regular continuation bears 
date 6th April, 1742. The following items were recorded upon a blank 
page, as will be seen, at a much later date. Otherwise it might have been 
recorded at Colchester. 

Court Record, Page 113 — 10 October, 1750: Then received of Capt. 
John Randall £235 in full of what was due to me from him, which was 
left in his hands by my bond, father, late of Colchester deceased. 
Witness : lohn Breed, Benajah Pendleton. 

Peter Bulkley. 



320 PROBATE RECORDS. VOL. XIII, 

17 December, 1754: Received of Capt. John Randall, of Stonington, 
£26-08-00, old tenor, in full of what sd. Randall was to pay to Lydia 
Pendleton when she comes of age. 

IcHABOD Randall, Guardian. 

Stonington, 27 June, 1758: Received of Capt. John Randall £2-12-06 
lawfull money, it being in full which was given me by will of my honoured 
father Caleb Pendleton. 

Elizabeth X Pendleton. 

We, Thomas Main, Jun., of Stonington, and Mary Main his wife, a 
daughter of Caleb Pendleton, late of Colchester deed., have received of 
Capt. John Randall, executor to the last will of the sd. Caleb Pendleton, 
1-3 part of the household stuff mentioned in the inventory of the estate 
of the sd. Caleb Pendleton, and also £30 money, which is in full of the 
legacy given to the sd. Mary in sd. will. And we also have received other 
third part of the household stuff and £30 money, which was a legacy 
given to Sarah Pendleton deceased, daughter of sd. Caleb Pendleton. 

Witness : Simeon Miner, Thomas Main, Jr., 

Thomas Wheeler, Jr. Mary Main. 

14 August, 1749. 



Page 251. 

Persivell, Elizabeth, wife of James, now deceased. Invt. £14-19-08. 
Taken 2 April, 1740, by Thomas Gates, John Fuller and Jeremiah Gates. 

Court Record, Page 67 — 3 June, 1740: Adms. granted to John 
Persivell. Recog., £50, with Isaac Spencer. 



Page 75-251. 



Persivell, James, East Haddam. Invt. £856-17-06. Taken 20 April, 
1738, by Thomas Gates, Jeremiah Gates and John Persivell. 

Court Record, Page 28 — 2 May, 1738: Adms. granted to Elizabeth 
Persivell, widow. Recog., £500, with John Persivell. 

Page 67 — 3 June, 1740: This Court appoint John Persivell to be 
guardian to the children of James Persivell, viz., Ebenezer, age 9 years, 
Mary 7 years, Abigail 5, and Ann 3 years of age. Recog., £500. 

Page 25 (Vol. XIV) 7 June, 1743: John Persivell, Adms., exhibited 
an account of his Adms., which is accepted. 

Page 63 (Vol. XVI) 9 April, 1752: John Persivell, Adms. on the 
estate of James Persivell and Elizabeth his wife, of East Haddam, having 
fully administered on sd. estates, now moves for a distribution. This 
Court so order : 



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i S d 

To Ebenezer Persivell, son of the deceased, 327-05-08 

And to Mary, Abigail and Anna, daughters, to each of them, 163- 12- 10 

And appoint Capt. Thomas Gates and Deacon Jeremiah Gates, of 
East Haddam, and Stephen Brainard, of Colchester, distributors. 

Page 79 — 7 November, 1752: A distribution of the estate of James 
Persivell and Elizabeth his wife was exhibited in Court and accepted. 



Invt. in Vol. XIV, Page 14-18. 

Pettibone, John, Simsbury, in Farmington. Died 18 September, 
1 74 1. Invt. £1177. Taken by Azariah Wilcocks and James Case. Will 
dated 8 February, 1733-4. 

I, John Pettibone of Simsbury, in the County of Hartford, do make 
this my last will and testament: Imprimis. I give unto my wife Mary 1-3 
part of all my moveable estate, to be at her own dispose forever ; and also 
the use of my now dwelling house, and the homelott and orchard on which 
my house standeth, during the term of her natural life ; and also the use 
of 1-3 part of all my improveable land (excepting that part of my home- 
lott on the east side of the highway, on which my barn now standeth) ; 
and also the use of 1-2 of my barn, and the whole of the yard by the barn, 
next to David Phelps's lott, during the time of her natural life. I give 
unto my daughter Catherine a feather bed with a bedstead and all the 
furniture belonging to it, and also the use of 8 acres of meadow land, 
to be taken out of my lott in Manto Meadow, during the time of her 
natural life; also I give to my daughter Catherine iioo. I give to my 
daughter Sarah the sum of £100 with what I have already given her. I 
give unto my daughter Abigail the sum of £100 with what I have already 
given her. All the rest of my estate, real and personal, I give unto my 
two sons, John and Samuel, equally divided between them, to them and 
their heirs forever. I give unto my wife Mary and to my daughter 
Catherine all my provisions, both corne and meat, that I shall leave at my 
decease. I appoint my beloved wife Mary and my two sons John and 
Samuel to be executors. 

Witness : Samuel Pettibone, John Pettibone, ls. 

Joseph Pettibone, John Humphrey. 

Know all men by these presents: That I, John Pettibone of Sims- 
bury, in the County of Hartford, have formerly made my last will and 
testament, which is written on the other half of this sheet, dated 8 Febru- 
ary, 1733-4. which I do hereby ratify and confirm to be my last will and 
testament, and make this following codicil in addition thereto, viz: 
Whereas, my beloved wife Mary is under low circumstances and unable 
to provide for or help herself, I do, in addition to what I have already 
given her, devise and order that my executors shall sell and dispose of 



322 PROBATE RECORDS. VOL. XIII, 

my lott of land lying on the north end of Mount Philip, in that tract of 
land called the Hogs-Skin, and the value or produce thereof they shall 
dispose and improve for the maintenance and support of my sd. wife if 
she shall come to want ; and if not, then sd. land to be disposed of as in my 
will aforesd. is provided. And I do, in addition to my will aforesd., ap- 
point my son-in-law Amos Phelps to be an executor to my sd. last will 
with the other executors therein named. And my will is that this codicil 
be and allowed to be part of my last will and testament. 31 December, 
1740. 

Witness: Samuel Pettih one, John Pettibone, ls. 

Joseph Pettibone, John Humphrey. 

Court Record, Page 104 — 23 December, 1741 : The last will and 
testament of John Pettebone was now exhibited in Court by Samuel 
Pettebone of Goshen and Amos Phelps of Simsbury, two of the executors 
named in sd. will. John Pettebone, one of the executors, objected to the 
probate of this will, but withdrew his appeal to the Superior Court and 
accepted the trust of executorship, 2 April, 1742. 



Will and Invt. in Vol. XIV, Page 66. 

Phelps, Lt. Samuel, Windsor. Invt. £1702 in realty. Taken 22 
December, 1741, by Thomas Oris wold, John Cook 2nd and Peletiah 
Mills. Will dated 26 October, 1741. 

I, Samuel Phelps of Windsor, do make this my last will and testa- 
ment : My will is that my three sons, Samuel, James and Hezekiah, be 
my executors. Also, my will is, that all my lawfull debts be paid. I 
give to my wife Abigail 1-2 of my house, 1-2 of my homelott, and a lott 
in the meadow called Birge's lott, during her natural life ; also the im- 
provement of the lower pasture to cut three loads of hay annually during 
her natural life ; also I give 1-3 of my moveable estate to my wife Abigail. 
I give to my son James £200 money. I give to my son Joshua £250 money. 
I give to my daughter Abigail £150 money. My will is that my executors 
shall sell 70 acres of land in the i 1-2-mile of land in the division of 
Windsor and about 6 or 7 acres at the West Brook, to pay my lawful 
debts. Then what remains of my estate, my will is that it shall be equally 
divided among all my children, namely, Samuel Phelps, James Phelps, 
Hezekiah Phelps, Joshua Phelps and Abigail Phelps. 

Witness : Cornelius Phelps, Samuel Phelps, ls. 

Samuel Griswold, John Phelps 3rd. 

Court Record, Page 104 — 23 December, 1741 : Will proven. 

Page 108 — 2 February, 1741-2: This Court appoint Abigail Phelps 
to be guardian to Joshua Phelps, age 12 years. Recog., £200. 

See File : Know all men by these presents : yt I, Abigail Phelps of 
Windsor, widow of Samuel Phelps of sd. Windsor deed., I with all my 



1737 TO 1742. 



PROBATE RECORDS. 



323 



children have this day come to a division and distribution of all ye estate 
of ye abovesd. Samuel Phelps, both real and personal. First, to our hon- 
oured mother the 1-2 of ye dwelling house, 1-2 of the homested, and ye 
liberty of cutting 3 loads of hay annually, and 1-3 part of ye moveables 
forever; and the use of the abovesd. lands during life. The abovesd. 
lands, after ye death of our honoured mother, to be to James Phelps ; to 
Samuel Phelps, £59 in the house and barn ; to James Phelps, £27 in the 
house ; to Hezekiah Phelps, with the lands, £27. Further, to James 
Phelps, part of the Brown lott, and the remainder to Abigail Grant, the 
wife of Jehiel Grant. To Samuel Phelps, a right in Colebrook. To 
Joshua Phelps, 2 rights in Torrington and £53 in the old homelott. In 
witness of the above-written being mutually agreed to and acknowledged, 
we have hereunto set our hands and seals this nth November, 1746. 



Abigail X Phelps, ls. 
Samuel Phelps, ls. 
James Phelps, ls. 



Hezekiah Phelps, ls. 
Jehiel Grant, ls. 
Abigail X Grant, ls. 



Page 29 (Vol. XV) 11 November, 1746: Agreement exhibited in 
Court and accepted. 



Page 178. 

Pinney, Aaron, Windsor. Invt. £298-09-06. Taken 5 November, 
I739> by Thomas Griswold and George Griswold, Jr. 

Court Record, Page 54—4 September, 1739: Adms. granted to 
Azariah Pmney, a brother of the deceased. Recog., £500, with Jacob 
Munsell of Windsor. And the Adms. reports the estate insolvent. 

Items from the Inventory of Aaron Pinney, Deceased: 
The eighth part of the sloop Swan, £112-10-00. 



Due from Elisha Stut- 

son, £16-17 00 

Due from Daniel Tuller, £7-00-00 

Due from Edward Gris- 
wold, £22-00-00 



Due from Peter Bewell, £50-00-00 

Due from Thomas Bar- 
bour, £2-00-00 

Due from Samuel Petti- 
bone, Jun., £36-00-00 



Page 68-77. 

Pinney, Jonathan, Windsor. Invt. £61-16-05 (personal estate) 
Taken 20 April, 1738, by Jonathan Elsworth, Jonathan Stiles and Samuel 
Heydon, Jr. Will dated 29 June, 1736. 

A memorandum concerning the disposition of Jonathan Pinney's 
estate: His will is that Noah Pinney (his brother) shall have his lott at 
Staltord with all the after divisions. And to Daniel Pinney all my right 



324 PROBATE RECORDS. VOL. XIII, 

of land in Colebrook. And to my sisters, viz., Mary, Sarah and Hannah 
Pinney, all my right in the land called the equivalent land and commons 
in Windsor. And as to all the rest of my estate, I give and bequeath 
it to the heirs of Lt, Nathaniel Pinney to be equally divided between 
them, saving only two trammells, which I bequeath one of them to Mar- 
garet Marsh and the other to Dorothy Allyn. 

Witness: Timothy Loomis, Jonathan Pinney. 

Hannah Loomis, Reheckah Loomis. 

Court Record, Page 22 — 14 February, 1737-8: Noah Pinney (his 
brother) now exhibits a writing as the will of Jonathan Pinney deceased. 
Proof not now ready. 

23 February: This Court consider the writing presented to be the 
last will, and Humphrey Pinney and Daniel Pinney, two of the broth- 
ers of Jonathan Pinney, appealed from the judgement of the Court. 

Page 25 — 7 March, 1737-8: Adms. with the will annexed, to Noah 
Pinney of Windsor. Recog., iioo, with William Pratt of Hartford. 

Page 43 — 8 March, 1737-8: Account of Adms. by Noah Pinney. 
Accepted. 



Page 75-76. 



Pinney, Joseph, Windsor. Invt. £677-08-08. Taken by Joseph 
Phelps 3rd and Daniel Griswold. Will dated 13 December, 1737. 

I, Joseph Pinney of Windsor, do make this my last will and testa- 
ment : I give to Jerusha, my wife, 1-3 part of my moveable estate. My 
will is that my house and homelott that I bought of Mr. Dwite, which 
contains about 30 acres, shall be sold at the discretion of my executors. 
And after my debts are well and truly paid, my will is that the remainder 
of my estate shall be disposed of in equal shares to my three sons, viz., 
Joseph, Nathaniel and John. I likewise constitute my honoured father 
Nathaniel Pinney and Jerusha, my wife, executors. 
Witness: Matthew Griswold, Joseph X Pinney, ls. 

Benjamin Barbour, Hannah X Barbour. 

Court Record, Page 27 — 4 April, 1737-8: Will exhibited. 

Page 17 (Vol. XIV) 21 February, 1742-3: Benjamin Ennos, of 
Windsor, moved to this Court in behalf of his wife, late widow and relict 
of Joseph Pinney, for a distribution to set out the sd. Avidow's dowry in 
the houseing and lands of sd. deceased : Whereupon this Court appoint 
Odiah Loomis, Thomas Marshal and Jonathan Wright to set out to the 
sd. widow (alias Jerusha Enos, the present wife of Benjamin Enos) 1-3 
part of the real estate, and make return of their doings to this Court. 

Page 23 — 3 May, 1743 : Nathaniel Pinney, executor, exhibited an 
account of Adms. in this Court, which was accepted. 

Page 42 (Vol. XV) 2 June, 1747: John Pinney, a minor son of 
Joseph Pinney : this Court appoints Nathaniel Pinney of sd. Windsor to 
be his guardian. Recog., £400. 



1737 TO 1742. PROBATE RECORDS. 325 

Page 310. 

Porter, John, Farmington. Invt. ^813-08-10. Taken 11 February, 
1740-1, by Isaac Cowles, John Hart and Nathaniel Wadsworth. Will 
dated 22 February, 1739-40. 

I, John Porter of Farmingtown, do make this my last will and testa- 
ment : I give to Martha, my beloved wife, all that remains of the house- 
hold goods that she brought with her, and all the linen that was made 
since she came to my house by marriage, and one cow, and one heifer, 
and 2 silver spoons, and £40 in money that is out at interest, and the 
liberty of pasturing one cow, and the liberty of 1-2 of the house and 
homestead during her natural life. I give to my daughter Rebeckah 
Wadsworth £60. I give to my daughter Mary Cowles £5. I give to my 
daughter Hester £50. I give to my daughter Anne Porter £10. Further, 
I give unto my four daughters, namely, Rebeckah Wadsworth, and my 
daughter Mary Cowles, and Hester Porter, and my daughter Anne Porter, 
all the remainder of real and personal estate forever. I make my son 
Ebenezer Porter executor. 

Witness : Isaac Cowles, John Porter, ls. 

Jonathan Bird, Solomon Cowles. 

Court Record, Page 83 — 3 March, 1 740-1 : Will now exhibited by 
Ebenezer Porter. Proven. 



Pratt, John, Jr. Court Record, Page 49 — 26 May, 1739: John Pratt, 
a minor, son of John Pratt deceased, chose his mother Hannah Pratt to 
be his guardian. Recog,, £200. 

Page 119 (Vol. XV) 9 February, 1749-50: Isaac Pratt, 16 years of 
age, son of John Pratt, chose his brother John Pratt to be his guardian. 
Recog., £500. 



Page 4-5. 

Price, John, Glastonbury. Invt. £32-05-11. Taken 25 April, 1737, 
by Nathaniel Talcott and Gershom Smith. 

Court Record, Page 6 — 3 May, 1737: Adms. to Samuel Price. 
Recog., £70, with Jeduthan Smith. Exhibit of inventory. Estate sup- 
posed to be insolvent. 

Page 12 — 5 July, 1737: Elizer Price, a minor, i year old, son of 
John Price : this Court appoint his grandfather Samuel Price to be his 
guardian. Recog., £50. 

Page 29 — 2 May, 1738: Samuel Price, Adms., exhibited an account 
of his Adms., which is accepted. 



Page 242. 

Rice, Joseph, Tolland. Will dated 24 March, 1736: I, Joseph Rice 
of Tolland, do make and ordain this to be my last will and testament : I 



326 PROBATE RECORDS. VOL. XIII, 

give to my wife Elizabeth all my real and personal estate, together with 
my buildings, fencings, orchards, and whatever appertains to me, I give to 
my sd. wife Elizabeth and to her heirs forever. *I also appoint her to be 
sole executrix. 

Witness : Hesekiah Lovtnis, Joseph X Rice. 

Hepsibah X Loomis, John Lothrop. 

Court Record, Page 79 — 25 December, 1740 : The last will and testa- 
ment of Joseph Rice was exhibited in Court by Capt. Samuel Chapman 
of sd. Tolland. Sd. will being proved by the witnesses thereto, is by this 
Court approved. The widow requests the Court that there might not be 
an invt. taken of sd. estate, as the whole estate was given to her. The 
Court not thinking it necessary, order that the will be recorded. 



Page 63-4-5. 

Riley, Lt. Isaac, Wethersfield. Invt. £2856-13-03. Taken 14 Feb- 
ruary, 1737-8, by John Rose, Joseph Goodrich and Jonathan Belding. 
Will dated 20 January, 1737-8. I, Isaac Riley of Wethersfield, do think 
it my duty to settle that temporal estate that God hath graciously given 
me. My will is as followeth: Imprimis: I give to my wife Ann 1-3 part 
of my personal estate to be at her dispose, and the improvement of 1-3 
part of my real estate during life. I give to my son Josiah Riley my 50- 
acre lott at Newington, with the house, barn, orchard and fences thereon, 
excepting 10 acres of land at the west end next Farmington line, and re- 
serving to my son Samuel the liberty of ingress and egress, he the sd. 
Josiah paying my debts and legacies as hereafter by me ordered. Further- 
more, on the condition aforesd., I give to my son Josiah 1-4 part of my 
lott purchased of Josiah Crane deceased, the whole containing 31-2 acres. 
I give to my son Isaac Riley, 2nd son, 2 acres of land more or less, lying 
in Wethersfield, joining west on land of Richard Montague, north by land 
of Noadiah Dickinson, and south by land of Amasa Addams. Also, two 
acres of land at the lower end of the Great Plaine, bounded easterly on a 
highway, west and north on land of Capt. Edward Bulkeley, and south 
on land of Amos Belding. Also, 31-2 acres in Wethersfield Great 
Meadow, being a parceH of my six-acre lott there. Also, 1-4 part of my 
lott purchased of Josiah Crane, containing 3 1-2 acres more or less, he 
the sd. Isaac paying my debts and legacies hereafter by me ordered. I 
give to my son Samuel Riley, 3rd son, the 1-2 of my homelott (at the 
east end), together with the dwelling house, barn, corn house, orchard 
and other appurtenances thereon or thereunto belonging, excepting as 
hereafter specified. Also, 31-2 acres of my pasture lying near Wad- 
dams's Brook, to lye on the eastern end of sd. pasture. Also, the 1-2 of 
my 4-acre lott in the Great Plaine, near Capt. Chester's lott. Also, 1-2 
of my five-acre lott in the Great Meadow, lying near Smith's Landing. 
Also, 10 acres of land lying at the west end of my 50-acre lott before 
given to my son Josiah, and also the liberty of passing to and from sd. 10 



1737 TO 1742. PROBATE RECORDS. 327 

acres as necessity and convenience shall require. I give to my son 
Nathaniel Riley 1-2 of my homelott; also, 21-2 acres of my pasture lying 
near Waddams's Brook. I give to my daughter Ann £40 money, to be 
paid by my four sons in equal proportion, and also the liberty of improv- 
ing my north chamber in my dwelling house during her unmarried state 
or until sd. Samuel shall actually sell sd. house, and no longer. I give to 
my daughter Mary £10-06-07, to be paid by my four sons. I give to my 
daughter Lucy £28-11-02, to be paid by my four sons. And concerning 
the 2-3 of my personal or moveable estate, my will is that immediately 
at my decease my executors shall enter upon and take possession thereof 
as a fund or stock out of which to pay my debts and legacies ; but if not 
sufficient, my sd. four sons to pay the complement of my debts and legacies 
in equal proportions. I appoint my wife Ann and my son Samuel ex^ 
ecutors. 

Witness : Besaleel Lattimore, Isaac X Riley, ls. 

David Boardman, Nathaniel Coleman. 

Court Record, Page 23 — 7 March, 1737-8: Will proven. 



Page 251. 

Riley, Joseph, Stepney Parish, in Wethersfield. Died 18 September, 
1739. Invt. £982-03-05. Taken 2 November, 1739, by Peter Blynn, Josiah 
Churchill and Thomas Deming. 

Court Record, Page 58 — ist January, 1739-40: Adms. to Ann Riley, 
the widow. Recog., £500, with Thomas Deming. 

Page no — 2 March, 1741-2: Daniel Riley, age 17 years, and Eliz- 
abeth Riley, age 12 years, chose their mother Ann Riley to be their guar- 
dian. Recog., £500. And this Court appoint her guardian to Elisha 
Riley, age 2 3-4 years. Recog., £100. Also Ann Riley, Adms., exhibited 
an account of her Adms., which this Court accepted. 

Page 81 (Vol. XV) 6 December, 1748: Ann Riley (alias Goodrich), 
Adms. on the estate of Joseph Riley, having fully rendered an account of 
her Adms., prays that distributors may be appointed to distribute the 
moveable estate, which is granted: 

£ s d 
To the widow, 29-07-02 

To Daniel, the eldest son, 29-07-02 

To Elizabeth and Elisha Riley, to each of them, 14-13-08 

And appoint Ebenezer Wright, Thomas Deming and Nathaniel 
Boardman, of Wethersfield, distributors. 

Page loi — 6 June, 1749: James Collins, of Wethersfield, in right of 
his wife Elizabeth, daughter of Joseph Riley, now moves to this Court 
that distribution be made on the real estate : Whereupon this Court ap- 
point Capt. Jacob Williams, Thomas Curtis and Mr. Joseph Frary dis- 
tributors to divide sd. estate and set out to Ann Riley (alias Goodrich), 



328 PROBATE RECORDS. VOL. XIII, 

relict of sd. deceased, her right of dowry, 1-3 of the buildings and land 
during life. Also, to set out to Daniel Riley, eldest son, his double part, 
and to Elisha Riley and Elizabeth Riley (alias Collins, daughter of sd. 
deceased) their single shares. 

Page 102 — 6 June, 1749: Report of the distributors, viz., Ebenezer 
Wright and Thomas Deming. 

Page 105 — 1st August, 1749: Report of the distribution of the real 
estate, by Joseph Frary and Thomas Curtis. 



Page 180-200. 



Riley, Sarah, widow, Wethersfield. Invt. £51-11-06. Taken 22 
June, 1739, by David Goodrich and Gideon Goodrich. 

Know all men by these presents: That I, Sarah Riley of Stepney, 
in Wethersfield, for the love, good will and affection that I have and do 
bear to my beloved daughter Mehetibell, the wife of Ephraim Griswold 
of Modus, and other considerations me thereto moveing, give, grant, and 
by these presents do freely, clearly and absolutely give and grant to the 
said Mehetabell Griswold (namely, at my decease), to her heirs, etc., all 
my wearing apparell as her proper goods forever, without any manner 
of condition. As I, the said Sarah Riley, have absolutely and of my own 
accord set and put in further testimony. In witness whereof I have here- 
unto set my hand and seal this nth of June, A. D. 1739. 

Sarah Riley (Her mark and Seal). Signed, sealed and delivered 
in the presence of 
Daniel Russell, Daniel Deming, Jun'r. 

Know all men : That I, Sarah Riley, for the love that I have and do 
beare to my granddaughter Mehetabell Riley, the daughter of Jacob 
Riley of Stepney, give and grant to the said Mehetabell Riley my old 
cow, with my poorest bed and furniture, forever, without any manner of 
condition. 

Know all men by these presents : That I, Sarah Riley, for the love 
that I have and do beare to my granddaughter Grace Riley, daughter of 
Stephen Riley of Stepney, do absolutely give and grant to the said Grace 
Riley my youngest cow or heifer, with my best bed and furniture, as her 
proper goods forever, without any manner of condition. As I, the said 
Sarah Riley, have absolutely and of my own accord set and put. 

Sarah Riley (Her mark and Seal). 
Witness : Daniel Russell, 

Daniel Deming, Jun'r. 

Each bequest was written out in full, signed, sealed and witnessed 
by the same persons and upon the same day and date. 

Court Record, Page 51 — 25 June, 1739: Adms. granted to Jonathan 
Riley. Recog., iioo, with Robert Powell of Wethersfield. 



1737 TO 1742. PROBATE RECORDS. - ' 3^9 

Page 52 — 3 July, 1739: This Court appoint Stephen Riley to be 
guardian to his daughter Grace Riley, age 10 years. Recog., £50. 

The Rev. Mr. Daniel Russell of Wethersfield now exhibited in this 
Court three deeds of gift under the hand and seal of Sarah Riley, the 
relict of Jonathan Riley of Wethersfield deceased. 

Page 69 — 1st July, 1740: Account of Adms. exhibited. Estate in- 
solvent, and Noadiah Dickinson and Daniel Deming appointed commis- 
sioners. 

Page 84 — 9 March, 1740-1 : Account of Adms. and also of commis- 
sioners. Accepted of each report. 

Page 85 — 12 March, 1740-1 : Order to distribute to the heirs of sd. 
estate: to Jonathan Riley, eldest son, to Jacob, to the heirs of Joseph 
Riley, to Stephen Riley, to the heirs of Abigail Riley (alias Cowles), to 
heirs of Mehetabell Riley (alias Griswold), to each, £2-11-07. By Capt. 
Jacob Williams, Lt. Gideon Goodrich and Stephen Williams. 



Rippenear, John. Court Record, Page 87 — 20 April, 1741 : Christo- 
pher Rippenear, age 15 years, son of John Rippenear, late of Hartford 
deed., chose John Potwin, goldsmith, of Hartford, to be his guardian. Re- 
cog., £50. 

Page 37 (Vol. XIV) 2 February, 1743-4: Christopher Rippenear, 
a minor, now 18 years of age, chose Col. John Whiting to be his guard- 
ian. Recog., £50. 



Page 295. 

Risley, Doctor Nathaniel, Hartford. Died 30 September, 1741. 
Invt. £628-06-01. Taken November, 1741, by James Porter and David 
Hills. Will dated 28 September, 1741. 

I, Nathaniel Risley of Hartford, do make this my last will and testa- 
ment: Item. I give to my wife Elizabeth £50, and the use of 1-3 part 
of my real and personal estate so long as she remains my widow. I leave 
in the hands of my wife £20 to be disposed of to Elizabeth Biggelow, 
now living with me, if she faithfully serve out her time and my wife see 
cause to dispose of the same to her. My will is that my executor here- 
after mentioned shall carefully dispose of £50 of my estate in schooling 
my three daughters hereafter mentioned, in instructing them in reading 
and writing. I give all my remaining estate, both real and personal, to my 
three daughters, Elizabeth, Zurviah and Deborah, to be equally divided 
between them. I make my wife Elizabeth Risley executrix. 

Witness: Jonathan Hills, Nathaniel Risley, ls. 

Jonathan Risley, Joseph Bidwell. 

Court Record, Page 103 — ist December, 1741 : Will proven. 



330 PROBATE RECOEIDS. VOL. XIII, 

Page 60. 

Robbins, Richaxd, Stepney. Invt. £4457-11-08. Taken 3 March, 
1737-8, by Joshua Robbins, Benjamin Wright and Jonathan Robbins. 
Will dated 3 December, 1737. 

I, Richard Robbins of Stepney, in Wethersfield, do make this my 
last will and testament : I give to my wife Martha 1-3 part of all my real 
estate during life, 1-3 part of my personal estate forever, and the use and 
profit of such lands herein devised to my children until they severally 
arrive to age, and also the improvement of 1-2 of my homelott and 1-2 
of all my buildings during her natural life. I give to my eldest and only 
son John Robbins all my homelott situated in Stepney, in Wethersfield, 
consisting of a mansion house and barn and 20 acres of land, to him and 
his heirs forever, reserving 1-2 to my wife as aforesd., and reserving 
one room in my house to my daughters until such time as they are mar- 
ried. Also, 30 acres of land in sd. Stepney, lying near Samuel Belding, 
bought of Eliphalet Dickinson. Also, 2 acres of land in Wethersfield 
Great Meadow, against the Island house, which I had of «iy brother 
John. Also, a little piece of land over against the above-mentioned, which 
I had of Will Nott. Also, in sd. meadow, 5 acres of land more, which I 
bought of Nathaniel Burnham and Thomas Deming. Also, one acre of 
land by Goflf's Bridge, which was my father's. Also, I give him my right 
in lands which I bought of Doctor Proutt. Also, a double part of what 
I may have in any after divisions of land, etc., to him and his heirs for- 
ever, reserving 3ds to my wife above mentioned. I give to my daughters, 
Mary, Rachel, Esther, Elizabeth, Experience and Martha, all the rest 
of my lands (excepting my farm at Colchester), to be equally divided 
among them, reserving thirds to my wife, and also all the right that may 
fall to me in any after divisions of land, excepting what I have already 
given to my son John. I give my farm at Colchester to my 7 children, 
John, Mary, Rachel, Esther, Elizabeth, Experience and Martha, to be 
equally divided among them. I appoint my wife Martha to be sole ex- 
ecutrix. 

Witness : Josiah Churchill, Richard Robbins, ls. 

Jonathan Warner, Elizabeth Warner. 

Court Record, Page 23 — 7 March, 1737-8: Will proven. 

Page 26 — 22 March, 1737-8: Upon motion of Nathaniel Robbins 
and Mary his wife and Rachel Robbins, heirs to the estate, showing that 
by the will of their deed, father considerable of the real estate was given 
to them the sd. Nathaniel Robbins and Mary his wife and Rachel Rob- 
bins, with Experience, Martha, Esther and Elizabeth Robbins, minors,' 
that a division be made in severalty to each except John Robbins, only 
son of the sd. deed., as the will directs, and the widow asks that her dower 
be set out to her. Joshua Robbins ye 2nd, Jonathan Robbins and John 
Warner were appointed to set out the dower and make report of the dis- 
tribution. This Court appoint Martha Robbins to be guardian to her 
children, viz., Esther, 17 years of age, Elizabeth 14 years. Experience 10, 
and Martha 6 vears, children of Richard Robbins deceased. 



1737 TO 1742. PROBATE RECORDS. 33 ^ 

Page 235. 

Robinson, James, Middletown. Invt. £2034-02-04. Taken 17 De- 
cember, 1740, by Solomon Adkins, James Brown and Jonathan AUin. 
Will dated ist October, 1740. 

I, James Robinson of Middletown, in the County of Hartford and 
Colony of Connecticut, in New England, being advanced in years and 
weak in body, but of sound disposing mind and memory (thanks be giuen 
to God therefor), and calling to mind ye mortallity of my body, knowing 
that it is appointed for man once to die, do make and ordain this my last 
will and testament : That is to say, in the first place I giue and recom- 
mend my soul into the hands of God that gaue it when he shall see cause 
to call for it, and my body to the earth, to a decent buriall ; hoping to 
haue free pardon of all my sins through the merits of Jesus Christ, my 
blessed Redeemer, and to inherit euerlasting life. And as touching such 
worldly estate wherewith it hath pleased God to bless me : After my 
just debts and funerall charges are first paid out of it, I giue and deuise 
the remainder in maner and form following, viz : Imprimis. I giue and 
bequeath unto Jane, my well-beloued wife, the use and improuement of 
all my estate, both real and personall, during the time she remains my 
widow ; but if she shall marry, then my will is that she shall haue one- 
third part of my household goods to be at her dispose, and no more. 
Item. I giue unto my louing daughter and only child, Margaret Stuartt, 
and to the heirs of her body lawfully begotten, all and euery part of my 
estate, both real and personal, at the decease of my wife ; and if my wife 
shall marry, then and in such case I giue to my sd. daughter and her heirs 
as aforesd. at sd. marriage all my estate, both real and personall, except 
the aforesd. 1-3 part of my houshold goods. And I do herebv nominate 
and constitute and appoint my beloued widow Jane and trusty friend Wm. 
Rockwell to be joynt executors of this my last will and testament, ratify- 
ing and confirming this and no other to be my last will and testament. In 
witness whereof I haue hereunto set my hand the day and year aboue 
writen. 

Witness : John Ward, Jeams Robinson, ls. 

Eliakim Mather, Jahez Hamlin. 

Court Record, Page 79 — 2 December, 1740: The last will and testa- 
ment of James Robinson, late of Middletown deed., was now exhibited 
in Court and proven. 



Page 179. 

Rockwell, Benjamin, Stafford. Invt. £982-18-06. Taken by Sam- 
uel Warner, Amos Walbridge and Josiah Converse. 

Court Record, Page 50—5 June. 1739: Adms. granted to Margaret 
Rockwell, widow, who recog. in £600, with Job Rockwell of Windsor. 



332 PROBATE RECORDS. VOL. XIII, 

Page 5 (Vol, XIV) ii October, 1743: An account of Adms. was 
exhibited in Court by Margaret Rockwell, Adms. Accepted. 

Page 22 (Vol. XV) 2 September, 1746: Margaret Rockwell, Adms., 
now moves this Court for a dist. of the moveable part of sd. estate to her 
the sd. widow and to Samuel Rockwell, Margaret, Elizabeth, Mary and 
Sarah Rockwell, children of the sd. deceased. And this Court appoint 
Lt. Samuel Warner, Amos Walbridge and Josiah Converse, of sd. Staf- 
ford, to divide sd. estate : to the widow, 1-3 part of the moveable estate, 
and to Samuel a double part ; and to each of the other children their sin- 
gle shares. And make return thereof to this Court. 

Page 121 — 16 March, 1749-50: Margaret Rockwell now having 
fully finished her Adms, (estate for distribution, £901-16-01), moves that 
dist. be made: To the widow, 1-3 part of the moveable estate, and 1-3 
part of the real estate during life; and to Samuel Rockwell his double 
share; to Margaret Rockwell (alias Bloggett) and Elizabeth, Mary and 
Sarah Rockwell, to each of them their single shares. And appoint Samuel 
Warner, William Orcut and 01vin(?) distributors, 

Dist. File, 31 August, 1761 : To Margaret Rockwell, late widow, 
alias Avery ; to Samuel Rockwell, to Margaret Rockwell alias Bloggett 
alias Tyler, to Elizabeth Rockwell alias Orcutt, to Mary Rockwell alias 
Orcutt, and to Sarah Rockwell alias Loomis. By Isaac Pinney, Josiah 
Converse and Daniel Alden, Jun'r. 



Rose, Benjamin. Court Record, Page 95 — 17 July, 1741 : Upon 
application made to this Court by Benjamin Rose, a minor, 14 years of 
age, that his parents are dead and that the Selectmen of Tolland had in 
the lifetime of his parents (they being unable to provide for him) bound 
him to Lieut. Josiah Converse of Staflford, whom said minor now makes 
choice of to be his guardian. Recog., iioo. 



Page 169-70-71. 

Root, Joseph, Farmington. Invt, £827-02-08. Taken 3 January, 
1739-40, by Isaac Cowles, Giles Hooker and Samuel Nash. Will dated 
14 July, 1729. 

I, Joseph Root of Farmingtown, do make this my last will and testa- 
ment : I give to my wife Ruth Root the use and profit of 1-3 part of my 
houseing and homelott where I now live during the time of her widow- 
hood, and also the use and profit of 1-3 part of all other of my real estate 
during her natural life (i parcell of land, about 60 acres, which I have 
in the southward division between the mountains, only excepted) ; also 
I give to her my sd. wife, to be at her own dispose forever, £30 money 
or personal estate equivalent thereto. Unto my daughter Elizabeth Root, 



1737 TO 1742. PROBATE RECORDS. 333 

besides what she now hath and claims to call her own, I give of my 
personal estate (of such things as she shall choose) the value of £ioo 
current money ; also I give her the use and improvement and profit of 2-3 
parts of all my real estate, viz., houseing and lands, during her natural 
life or day of marriage if it shall so happen ; also the use and profit for 
the sd. term of that third part given to my sd. wife in case she be living 
when my sd. wife's time therein is expired. To my daughter Mary Lee, 
besides what I have already given her, £20 current money. Unto my five 
grandchildren, children of sd. daughter Mary Lee, I give to each of them 
£5 as current money. Unto Joseph Olmsted, now living with me, pro- 
vided his life be continued until he arrive at the age of 21 years and shall 
during that time continue faithfully in my service or the service of my 
son Joseph Root after my decease, then I give him 50 acres of ye land 
which I have in Farmingtown and in the division of land southward from 
the reserved land between the mountains, land that was laid out on the 
west of John Brounson, Sen. deceased ; and in case he the sd. Olmsted 
shall not have heirs, then my will is that the sd. 50 acres of land shall 
revert and belong unto my three children, Joseph, Elizabeth and Mary, 
in equal proportion. All the residue of my personal estate (except some 
few things I shall give unto my son Joseph Root) I give unto my two 
daughters, Elizabeth and Mary Lee, and my sd. five grandchildren, in 
equal proportion between them. Unto my only son Joseph Root, besides 
what I have already given him, I give all the remainder of my real estate, 
whatsoever it be, to him and to his heirs forever, together with the re- 
version and fee simple of all that real estate the use thereof for a time I 
have given to my sd. wife and to my daughter Elizabeth Root. I make 
my son Joseph Root to be sole executor. 

Witness : John Hooker, Joseph Root, ls. 

Robert Porter, Roger Hooker. 

Court Record, Page 60 — 24 January, 1739-40 : Will exhibited. 



Page 188. 

Root, Sarah, Farmington. Invt. £65-19-00. Taken 22 April, 1740, 
by Isaac Cowles and Nathaniel Wads worth. Will dated 21 February, 
1739-40. 

I, Sarah Root of Farmington, do make this my last will and testa- 
ment: I give to my children, namely, son John Root, Mary Judd and 
Sarah Gridley, to each of them 20 shillings ; and to my grandson Jona- 
than I give 20 shillings; and to my two grandsons Stephen Root and 
Timothy Root I give to each of them 10 shillings. And all the remainder 
of my estate I give to my daughter Hannah Root as a reward for her 
care and pains in careing and provideing for me in my old age. I con- 
stitute my son John Root to be my executor. 

Witness: William Wadsworth, Sarah Root, ls. 

Joseph Root. 

Court Record, Page 65—6 May, 1740: Will proven. 



334 PROBATE RECORDS. VOL. XIIT, 

Page 14-15. 

Sawyer, Jonathan, Hebron. Invt. £365-18-02. Taken 2 May, 1737, 
by Nathaniel Phelps, Hezekiah Gaylord and Joseph Phelps. 

Court Recerd, Page 11 — 22 June, 1737: Adms. to Joseph Phelps of 
Hebron. Recog., with Stephen Post. 

Page 44 — 13 March, 1738-9: Account of Adms. accepted. 



Page 219-20. 

Sayer, Nathan, Jr., Middletown. Invt. £169-15-09. Taken 2 July, 
1740, by Jabez Hamlin and William Rockwell. Will dated 13 June, 1740. 

I, Nathan Sayer, Jr., of Middletown, in the County of Hartford, do 
make this my last will and testament : I give to my sister Eunice Prout 
3-4 parts of my wife's wearing apparrel and household goods which she 
left. I give to Susannah, the daughter of William Prout, 1-4 part of my 
wife's wearing apparrel and household goods, also 2 gold rings. I give 
to my two brethren, Daniel and Matthew, two of my wearing coats and 
my fine shirts, to be equally divided between them. I give to my honoured 
father Nathan Sayer all my other clothes and all the remainder of my 
estate not otherwise disposed of. 

N. B. : My wife's wearing apparell and household goods to be ex- 
cluded and not subject to the payment of my debts. 
I appoint my father sole executor. 

Witness: Samuel Green, Nathan Sayer, Jr., ls. 

Isaac Woodward, Jahes Hamlin. 

Court Record, Page 70 — 5 August, 1740: Will proven. 



Page 15-16. 

Selden, Joseph, East Haddam. Invt. £1472-08-04. Taken ist No- 
vember, 1736, by Isaac Spencer, Jabez Chapman and Abel Willey. 

Court Record, Page 8 — 2 June, 1737: Adms. granted to Phebe Sel- 
den, widow. Recog., £1500, with Jabez Chapman. 

[The settlement of this estate, with distribution, may be on record at 
Colchester.]— C. W. M. 



Invt. in Vol. XIV, Page 85. Will in Vol. XV, Page 324-5. 

Seymour, Capt. Thomas, Hartford. A true invt. of the goods, 
chattells, credits and all other real estate, apprised by James Ensign 
and Joseph Holtom. 



1737 TO 1742. PROBATE RECORDS. 335 

ITEMS OF REAL ESTATE. 

£ s d 

Homestead, 30 acres, with buildings, 800-00-00 

Lott in the west division, called Easton's lott, 18 acres at £20, 360-00-00 

To Shepherd's orchard, 6 acres at £15 per acre, 90-00-00 

To his rights in Winchester, £300, 300-00-00 

To 115 acres of land in Waterbury, 100-00-00 

To his rights in the Old Mills in Hartford, 5-10-00 

£1655-10-00 
To personal estate, £265-10-04 

To cash received from sundry persons as followeth: 
£ s d 



From Cyprian Watson, 00-22-10 

From Timothy Seymour, i- 16-07 

From Caleb Benton, 00-17-09 

From William Powell, 00-13-09 

From Jubert Quenipue, 2-02-01 



£ s d 

Thomas Richards, 00-12-04 

Jacob Kellogg, 00-12-00 

Moses Benton, i -00-00 

Deacon Merrells, 2-08-05 

Jed : Richards, 1-14-06 



WILL DATED 4 MAY, 1 738: 

I, Thomas Seymour of Hartford, do make this my last will and testa- 
ment : I give unto my wife Mary the north room of my now dwelling 
house and the northwest cellar belonging to sd. house ; also I give to her 
the best bed and suitable furniture to sd. bed ; also the use of a good cow 
during her natural life ; also I give her £6 per annum, to be paid to her 
by my two daughters, Sarah and Alice, in consideration of what I shall 
hereafter mention to be given to them out of my estate, and the £6 to be 
paid in equal proportion by my two daughters Sarah and Alice aforesd. 
yearly during their mother's natural life. Further, I give to her 8 bushels 
of wheat, i6 bushels of Indian corne and lo cords of wood a year during 
her natural life, all which shall be paid by my son Bevell Seymour once 
every year as long as she shall live or continue my widow, which is in 
consideration of what is hereafter mentioned to be given to him my sd. 
son Bevell out of my estate, all which is to be the full of her dowry 
from and of my whole estate. And if she my sd. wife shall not accept 
of what is hereafter mentioned to be given her in full of sd. dowry, then 
what is herein given to her before mentioned shall cease and be of no 
value. I give unto my son Thomas Seymour, besides what I have here- 
tofore given him by deed of gift, all my right, interest and property in 
the lands called the western lands, formerly granted to the Townships of 
Hartford and Windsor, in whatever township the same doth or may hap- 
pen to fall or lye, sd. lands to be to him my son Thomas and to his eldest 
male heir in a right line forever to the end of the world, without liberty 
to sell, convey or alter the property thereof. Also, I give unto my sd. 
son Thomas lo acres of land on the north side of my lott at Four Mile 
Hill, called Shepherd's lott, to him, his heirs and assigns forever. Also, 



336 PROBATE RECORDS. VOL. XIII, 

I give unto my son Thomas 2 acres of woodland in my Wethersfield lott, 
sd. two acres to lye upon a square at the south end of Hartford's wester- 
most highway which runs down to Wethersfield bounds, and the western 
part of sd. two acres to extend west as far as the west side of sd. high- 
way. And my will is that my son Thomas shall not compel his brother 
Bevell to fence against him in the two acres aforesd. And further, I 
give unto my son Thomas my negro man named Sias, and to his heirs and 
assigns forever. I give unto my son Zebulon Seymour all my land in 
the Parish of Newington within the Township of Wethersfield after that 
two acres is set out to Thomas aforesd., to him and his heirs and assigns 
forever. Also, I give to him my lott of land in Hartford bounds adjoin- 
ing to the Wethersfield land aforesd., called Easton's lott, in quantity 
about 18 acres. Also, I give to him the remaining part of that lott in 
Hartford bounds called Shepherd's lott after that my son Thomas has 
measured out to him 10 acres on the north end thereof. I give to my son 
Bevell all my lands in the Township of Waterbury, to be to him and to 
descend to his eldest male heir lawfully begotten in a right line forever 
to the end of the world, without liberty to sell, convey or alter the prop- 
erty thereof. And in case the sd. Bevell or his male heir aforesd. shall 
attempt to sell or alienate the aforementioned lands in Waterbury, that 
then the same shall become the estate and property of the second son 
surviving of my son Thomas aforesd. And further, my will is that my 
son Bevell do punctually pay the above-mentioned legacies of wheat, 
Indian corn and wood to his mother for her comfortable support during 
life. I give unto my daughter Mary £20 besides what I have already 
given her, which shall be paid to her by my two daughters, Sarah and 
Alice, in equal proportions when they come to the age of 20 and 7 years. 
I give to my daughter Ruth Seymout all my land in the 2 westermost 
tiers of lotts next to Farmin'gtown, as well that which lyeth in common 
with my brother John Seymour as that which butteth north on Isaac 
Merrells in the westermost tier of all, the same to be to my sd. daughter 
Ruth and to her heirs and assigns forever. I give to my three youngest 
daughters my house and homestead in equal proportions, and to their 
heirs and assigns forever, that is to say, unto Sarah, Alice and Jerusha, 
only reserving to my wife the use of the north room and the northwest 
cellar during her natural life as before mentioned, and ordering that my 
two daughters Sarah and Alice do pay to their mother £6 per annum, 
and to my daughter Mary £20, in equal proportion when they shall arrive 
to the age of 20 and 7 years as aforesd. And further, my will is that 
when my just debts and funeral expenses are paid, the remainder of my 
moveable estate shall be and remain to my son Thomas for redeeming of 
his land mortgaged to the Country on account of the New London 
Society. I appoint my sd. son Thomas Seymour sole executor. 
Witness: , (Not signed.) 

A true copy, taken out of the original will and examined by me. 



1737 TO 1742. PROBATE RECORDS. 337 

Court Record, Page 7 — 25 December, 1740: Adms. granted to 
Thomas Seymour, son of the deceased. Recog., iiooo, with John Sey- 
mour, Jr. 

Page 88 — 5 May, 1741 : Mrs. Mary Seymour asks that her dower be 
set out to her: Whereupon this Court appoint Capt. Daniel Webster, 
Deacon Isaac Kellogg and Joseph Holcomb to set out to the widow her 
thirds. 

Page 94 — 7 July, 1741 : Report of the distributors. 

Page 18 (Vol. XIV) ist March, 1743: Thomas Seymour, Adms., 
exhibited an account of his Adms., which account is accepted. 

Page 22 — 3 May, 1743 : A further allowance was now made to the 
Adms., which, together with what was allowed on sd. account ist March, 
1742-3, amounted in debts and charges to the whole sum of iS99~^7-'^7- 
Account . accepted. 

Page 43 — 1st May, 1744: This Court do set out to Mary Seymour, 
widow, the use of household goods for her necessary use. 

Page 59 — 15 May, 1745 : A further account of Adms. exhibited. Ac- 
cepted. 

Page 106 (Vol. XV) 13 September, 1749: Whereas, Thomas Sey- 
mour of Wethersfield and others showing to the General Assembly of the 
Colony of Connecticut in May, A. D, 1749, by their petition, that the 
last will and testament of Capt. Thomas Seymour, late of Hartford deed., 
which was dated 4 May, 1738, was by sd. Thomas Seymour, executor, 
put into the hands of the Honble. Joseph Talcott, Esq., Judge of the 
Court of Probates, in order for the probate thereof, and that sd. will, by 
some means unknown, was destroyed and lost, and that having obtained 
a true copy of sd. will before the loss or destruction thereof, and the sd. 
copy was exactly transcribed into and recited in sd. petition, and that sd. 
recital does intirely show the contents of the sd. last will and testament, 
and that sd. General Assembly did resolve that it was sufficiently proved 
that the sd. Capt. Thos. Seymour did so make his last will and testament, 
and that the sd. exhibited writing of the abovesd. form and purport, as 
also the recital thereof in sd. petition, do respectively contain and are 
fully and sufficiently proved to contain and make manifest the full and 
intire and sole contents of sd. original will destroyed or lost as abovesd., 
and therefore order that George Wyllys, Secretary of this Colony, care- 
fully transmit sd. described writing and recitall to this Court to be re- 
corded. In pursuance of sd. resolve, this Court order that the abovesd. 
copy and recital be recorded and kept on file. . 

Page 62 — 5 April, 1748 : Further account of Adms. on the estate of 
Capt. Thomas Seymour (£338-07-02), arising on the sale of the land of 
the sd. deed., including the former account. Allowed. Also received 
former amount, £320-05-00. Which account is allowed. Also, the Adms. 
now exhibited an account of the sale of the lands of the sd. deed, agree- 
able to the order of the General Assembly and direction of this Court, 
which account is allowed and ordered to be kept on file. 



338 PROBATE RECORDS. VOL. XIII, 

Page 66 — 5 April, 1748: Hartford, 9 April, 1747: Then, pursuant to 
the resolve of the General Assembly in May, 1745, and by the direction 
of the Court of Probates of the District of Hartford, I made sale of one 
parcel of land belonging to the estate of Capt. Thomas Seymour deed., in 
quantity six acres, called Shepherd's orchard, to Bevel Seymour of 
Wethersfield for the price of £120-01-00 money, he being the highest 
bidder for sd. land, which parcel is butted east on a highway, west on land 
of John Carter, north on land of Moses Seymour, and south on Wethers- 
field north line. Also, I made sale of one other parcel belonging to the 
estate of the sd. deed., being about 7 acres in quantity, to Nathaniel 
Seymour and Ebenezer Benton, Jr., they being the highest bidders for 
sd. parcel, which 7 acres was a parcel of the homestead of the sd. Thomasi 
Seymour deed., and is butted east on the other part of sd. homestead, west 
on the river or commons, north on the river or commons, and south on 
the land of Zach: Seymour, and was sold as aforesd. at the price of £198- 
02-00 money, the whole amounting to £318-03-00, and was for the pay- 
ment of £306-18-00 debts due from the estate of the sd. deed, more than 
the moveable estate and incident charges. 

Pr. Thomas Seymour, Administrator. 

At a Court of Probate held at Hartford, 5 April, 1748, this report 
was allowed and ordered to be recorded and kept on file. 

Test: Joseph Talcott, Clerk. 



Shipman, Joseph. Court Record, Page 17 — 6 December, 1737: Syl- 
vanus Shipman, a minor, 91-2 years of age, son of Joseph Shipman, 
late of Haddam, chose his mother Anne Shipman to be his guardian. 



Shrigley, George. Court Record, Page 54 — 4 September, 1739; 
George Shrigley, a minor, 14 years of age, son of George Shrigley of 
Hartford deceased, chose Joseph Talcott, Jr., of Hartford, to be his 
guardian. Recog., £50. 

Page 7 (Vol. XIV) 9 June, 1742: George Shrigley, a minor, de- 
sired that Joseph Talcott, his guardian, might be released from his trust 
of guardianship to him, and the sd. minor made choice of Capt. Peletiah 
Mills of Windsor to be his guardian. Recog., £200. 



Page 6. 

Skiff, Stephen, Tolon (Tolland), shoemaker. Will dated 22 Feb- 
ruary, 1737: I, Stephen Skiff of Tolland, shoemaker, do make this my 
last will and testament : I give unto my wife Elizabeth Skiff all my move- 



1737 TO 1742. PROBATE RECORDS. 339 

able estate in the house and out of doors, ordering her to pay unto my 
daughters what I shall hereafter give unto them. Also, I give unto my sd. 
wife Elizabeth Skiff my dwelling house and barn and about 60 acres of 
land on which they stand, unto her and her heirs forever ; bounded part- 
ly by Willimantic River, Capt. Joseph Hatch's land, Edy Hatch's land, 
and land belonging to the heirs of Anthony Slafter. My will is and I 
give all the remaining part of my land unto my three sons, Nathan Skiff, 
Benjamin Skiff and Joseph Skiff, to be equally divided among them, to 
be to them and their heirs forever. I give to my four daughters, Sarah 
Skiff, Elizabeth Skiff, Hepzibah Skiff and Mary Skiff, 5 shillings in 
money apiece, to be paid unto them by their mother, hoping that she will 
also respect my sd. daughters in her will. I appoint my wife Elizabeth 
Skiff executrix. 

Witness: Joseph Hatch, Stephen Skiff, ls. 

Timothy Hatch, Zebulon West. 

Court Record, Page 9 — 7 June, 1737: Will exhibited by Elizabeth 
Skiff, executrix. Proven. 

Page 56 — 2 October, 1739: Nathan Skiff now moves this Court for 
a division of lands given by will to the three sons. This Court appoint 
Ebenezer Nye, John Lothrop and Edy Hatch to make the division. 

2nd Tuesday of October, 1739: Distribution of land of Stephen 
Skiff, given by will : To Nathan Skiff, 53 acres adjoining land of Capt. 
Joseph Hatch, Malatiah Lothrop and Barnabas Hatch ; to Benjamin Skiff, 
59 1-2 acres, including 14 1-4 acres bought of Joeeph Skinner, which 
14 1-4 acres lyeth in common with other land belonging to the heirs of 
Anthony Slafter, formerly of Tolland, deceased, and 45 acres of the sd. 
land adjoins south upon Capt. Joseph Hatch's land, east upon land given 
by sd. Skiff deceased to Elizabeth his wife, north upon land of heirs of 
Anthony Slafter ; to Joseph Skiff, 55 acres of land by meets and bounds. 



Page 198-9. 



Skinner, Deacon John, Colchester. Invt. £413-10-09. Taken 11 
September, 1740, by Nathaniel Foot, Ebenezer Kellogg and Andrew 
Carrier. Will dated 12 February, 1739-40. 

I, John Skinner of Colchester, in the County of Hartford, do make 
this my last will and testament: I give to my wife Sarah Skinner (whom 
I make sole executrix to this my last will and testament) 1-3 part of all 
my moveable estate after my just debts be paid out of the whole, then 
she to take ye third part for herself clear forever ; and also half the use of 
my dwelling house and barn so long as she remains my widow ; and 
also 1-3 of all my orcharding and improved lands during the term of her 
natural life. Nextly, to my son John Skinner I have given him several 
tracts of land by deed, which makes his full portion of my estate which 
belongs to him; also to my son Daniel Skinner, and to Joseph Skinner, 



340 PROBATE RECORDS. VOL. XI 11, 

and to Aaron Skinner, and to Noah Skinner, I have given them their 
portions by deed. It is to be understood that when I was in health I 
considered the state of my lands, and with advice and to the satisfaction 
of all my sons I give them each one his portion of my estate, and my will 
is that they shall not have any more. But the remaining part of my 
estate my will is that my wife shall have 1-3 part clear as is above written, 
and the remaining part to be paid out by my executrix in manner follow- 
ing, that is to say, to be divided into five equal parts according to the 
number of my daughters, but considering my daughter Sarah wt married 
to Nathaniel Loomis is dead and left three children, one daughter and 
two sons, my will is that the two sons shall each of them have 10 shillings 
paid to them by my executrix out of the 1-5 part of the whole, and the 
remainder of that 1-5 part to be paid to Sarah Loomis, daughter to my 
sd. daughter Sarah deceased. And my will is that the other four equal 
parts be paid out to my other four daughters now surviving, namely, Ann 
Dean, Joanna Loomis, Mary Kilbourn and Elizabeth Sextone, to be paid 
to each of them out of my estate as it shall be apprised, at the discretion 
of my executor. I make my wife Sarah my sole executrix. 

Witness : Nathaniel Foot, John Skinner, ls. 

Ehenezer Kellogg, Israel Foot. 

Court Record, Page 71 — 18 September, 1740: Will proven. 



Page 53. 

Slater, Elizabeth, Simsbury. Died 7 November, 1737. Invt. £40-19- 
00. Taken 21 November, 1737, by John Case and Joseph Cornish. 

Court Record, Page 18—13 December, 1737: Adms. to Nathaniel 
Holcomb 3rd, of Simsbury. Recog., £60, with Roger Wolcott. 



Smith, Hannali, Estate, Wethersfield. Court Record, Page 85 — 17 
March, 1 740-1 : Adms. granted to Hezekiah Graham of Wethersfield, 
who recog. in £100, with Stephen Riley of Wethersfield. 



Invt. and Will in Vol. XIV, Page 2. 

Spencer, ObadiaJi, Hartford. Invt. £2221-14-08. Taken 4 Decem- 
ber, 1 74 1, by Aaron Cook and Joseph Talcott. Will dated 27 February, 

1732-3- 

I, Obadiah Spencer of Hartford, do make this my last will and testa- 
ment : I give to my wife Ruth 1-2 of the improved lands which I shall 
hereafter in this my will bequeath to my son Daniel, and the use of 1-2 
of my dwelling house, 2 cows and one horse, and the use of all my house- 



1737 TO 1742. PROBATE RECORDS. " 34^ 

hold stuff, so long as she remains my widow. But if my sd. wife should 
marry, then my will is that my son Daniel shall improve the whole of sd. 
house and land given as aforesd. to my sd. wife. I give to my son 
Obadiah Spencer one parcel of land in Hartford which I bought of Col. 
Whiting, Capt. Joseph Whiting and Capt. Stanly, and part of that I 
bought of Richard Goodman, bounded north on land of my brother John 
Spencer, east on the road that leads to Windsor and on the heirs of 
Thomas Butler deed., south in part on the heirs of Thomas Butler and 
part on my own land, and west partly on John Pratt's land, partly on 
Thomas Burr, Jr., his land, and partly on land of Thomas Sanford, about 
40 acres more or less, with the buildings thereon erected ; also one lott of 
land in the Long Meadow, bounding east on a passway, west on Neck 
land, north on land of Ebenezer Welles, and south on John Church's 
land. Also, I give to my son Obadiah all my right of land in Windsor 
which I now have or that may hereafter fall to me by right of my 
wife's father Mark Kelsey deed. Also, my joyner's tools of all sorts, to 
him and his heirs forever. I give to my son Stephen lo acres of the south 
side of a lott of land at the Blue Hills, which I bought of Mr. John Reed, 
to run east and west through sd. lott, besides what I have already given 
him of moveables, to him and his heirs forever. I have confirmed to my 
son Jonathan by deed of gift a certain lott of land in the west division at 
Hartford which he has conveyed away for a tract of land at Enfield, 
which settlement or tract of land I fully confirm to him by this bequest. 
Also, I give him one yoke of oxen. All which land I give to him and 
his heirs forever. I give to my son Daniel my homelott that my now 
dwelling house stands on, to him and his heirs forever ; and also that land 
in the Long Meadow I bought of Charles Kelsy, butting east on the 
Great River, west on Neck land, north on John Pratt, and south on land 
given to the First Church in Hartford ; and my lott at Brick Hill Bridge, 
which I bought of Mr. Dodd, butting north on the country road, on a 
driftway and church land ; and also a lott at Pitkin Swamp, butting east 
on the heirs of Thomas Butler deed., west on a highway, north partly 
on land of John Pratt and partly on my own land given in this will to 
my son Obadiah, south partly on Dickinson's land and partly on land of 
John Church, one yoke of oxen, 2 horse kind, and all my team tackling, 
to be to him and his heirs forever. I give to my son Caleb the house and 
homested where he now dwells, which I bought of my brother Disborah 
Spencer, and also the rest of my Blue Hills lott not before bequeathed, 
about 20 acres, and my lott of land in the Long Meadow called Hobs 
Hole, besides what of moveable estate I have already given him. All 
which I give to him my son Caleb and his heirs forever. I give and be- 
queath to four of my sons, Obadiah, Stephen, Jonathan and Caleb 
Spencer, all my right and interest in the lands commonly called the west- 
ern lands, equally to be divided amongst them, I give to my son Obadiah 
my great Bible that was my father's, and my great wainscot chest, to him 
and his heirs forever. If what I have in this my will before given to my 
sd. wife be not sufficient for her comfortable maintenance or support, then 



342 PROBATE RECORDS. VOL. XIII, 

I order my five sons to pay to my sd. wife 20 shillings apiece yearly so 
long as she continues my widov^; but if my sd. wife shall marry, then 
my will is that she shall have only the two cows and horse in this will 
bequeathed to her, and 1-3 part of my household stuff, to be at her own 
dispose forever. I appoint my son Obadiah and my son Daniel to be 
executors. 

Witness : Matthew Talcott, Obadiah Spencer, ls. 

Abigail Talcott, Eunice Talcott. 

Court Record, Page 102 — ist December: Will proven. 



Invt. in Vol. XIV, Page 130. 

Stedman, John, Sen,, Farmington. Invt. £103-14-03. Taken 19 Jan- 
uary, 1740, by Joseph Hawley, Isaac Cowles and H. Deming. 

Court Record, Page 9—7 June, 1737 : Adms. granted to Abigail Sted- 
man, widow, who recog. with Samuel Cowles of sd. Farmington. 

.Page 37 (Vol. XIV) 2 February, 1743-4: Abigail Stedman, Adms., 
exhibited an account of her Adms., which is accepted by the Court. 



Page 120-130. 



Steele, Benoni, Hartford. Invt. £586-03-06. Taken 12 February, 
1738-9, by Thomas Orton, Jr., and Timothy Thompson. 

We, the subscribers, being the sole heirs to the estate of Benoni Steele, 
late of Hartford deceased, doe by these presents covenant and agree, for our- 
selves and our heirs, that this agreement shall be a final settlement of the 
estate of the sd. deed, forever : First, we agree that Thomas Steele, Daniel 
Steele and Eliphalet Steele, the heirs of Samuel Steele of Hartford 
aforesd. deceased, shall have and hold for themselves and to their dispose 
one piece of land in a division against Hartford in Farmingtown bounds, 
being the 17th allottment (20 acres). Second, by one piece in the division 
of land between the mountains, 41 3-4 acres, within the bounds of the 
Parish of Southington, in sd. Farmingtown, with two other pieces of 
land, one of 18 acres and one of 14 acres, described boundries omitted. 
To the heirs of John Steele, late of Farmingtown deed., and to Sarah and 
Rachel Steele, heirs to the estate of the sd. John Steele, all the rest and res-* 
idue of the lands belonging to the estate of sd. Benoni Steele deceased which 
is in the bounds of sd. Farmingtown, divided and undivided, to be to 
them the sd. Sarah Steele and Rachel Steele forever. In confirmation of 
the foregoing agreement, we, the subscribers, have hereunto set our hands 
and seals this 21st day of March, 1738-9. 

Thomas Steele, ls. Daniel Steele, ls. Eliphalet Steele, ls. 
Joseph Hart, Attv. for Sarah and Rachel Steele. 

Test: Joseph Talcott, Clerk. 

Court Record, Page 41 — 15 February, 1738-9: Adms. to Joseph Hart 
of Farmington. 



1737 TO 1742. PROBATE RECORDS. 343 

Page 108-9. 

Steele, John, Sen., Farmington. Invt. £991-16-00. Taken 13 Sep- 
tember, 1738, by Joseph Judd, Isaac Cowles and Joseph Hart. Will dated 
14 June, 1735. 

I, John Steele, Sen., of Farmingtown, do make and ordain this my 
last will and testament : Unto my only son John Steele, Jr., I give the sum 
of 20 shillings, to be paid him out of my personal estate by my executrix, 
which is all I shall now give him considering the liberal donation I have 
formerly made him, and order him my sd. son to pasture for his two sisters, 
viz., Sarah Steele and Rachel Steele (so long as they shall live and bear 
my name) each of them a cow as I provided by a deed of gift I formerly 
gave him. Unto my daughter Mary Bird, besides what I have already 
given her, I give her my 2 lotts of land lying in the two divisions of land 
in Farmington which lye north from the reserved lands (one division on 
the west, ye other on the east side of the river), in each division one lott. 
Unto my daughter Ruth Thompson, besides what I have already given 
her, I give to her my lott of land lying at a place called and known by the 
name of the sixth and furthest division of land, lying west of the reserved 
land in Farmington. Unto my daughter Sarah Steele, now living with me, 
I give several lotts of land, all within the bounds of ye Town of Farming- 
ton, viz., one lott which I have in a division of land laid out on the range 
of Blue and Shuttle Meadow Mountain ; another of sd. lotts is the lott 
that was laid out on my own right in a division of land lying between 
Panthorn Division and Waterbury bounds ; another of sd. lots is in the 
lott that was laid out in my own right in the first division of land lying 
west from the reserved lands ; also 2 lotts more, laid out on my right, one 
in the 2nd and the other in the 3rd division of land in sd. Farmingtown, ly- 
ing west of the reserved land. Unto my daughter Rachel Steele, now 
living with me, to her and to her heirs forever, I give several pieces of 
land in the Township of Farmingtown, viz., two lotts of land laid out by 
my right, one in the 4th and the other in the 5th division of land lying 
west from ye reserved lands in Farmingtown ; also 36 acres of land, more 
or less, which I have att a place called Three Mile Hills, which I pur- 
chased of my son John Steele ; also 5 acres of land at a place called by the 
name of Judd's Hill in Farmingtown. I give to my two daughters, Sarah 
and Rachel Steele, all my right in the common and undivided land in sd. 
Farmingtown ; and unto them my daughters, Sarah and Rachel, I give all 
the residue and remainder of my estate, both real and personal, not here- 
tofore disposed of, whatsoever and wheresoever it be, to be divided equal- 
ly between them ; and also that they shall have, hold and in joy for their 
use the kitchen and lean-to of my dwelling house so long as they or either 
of them live bearing my name. And my will further is, that my sd. daugh- 
ter Rachel Steele shall not have power to sell, barter or exchange the 
estate that I have given her in this will, or any part of it, without the ap- 
probation and allowance of my sd. daughter Sarah Steele and my grand- 
son-in-law Joseph Hart. But at the same instant of time that she shall 
presume to act contrary hereunto, her right that I have given her shall 



344 PROBATE RECORDS. VOL. XIII, 

cease and be void as to that part of sd. estate which she shall presume so 
to alienate without the aforesd. approbations and allowance, and I hereby 
will and bequeath the same to my sd. daughter Sarah Steele. I appoint 
my daughter Sarah Steele to be sole executrix. 

Witness: Joseph Woodruff, John Steele, ls. 

Thomas Smith, Roger Hooker. 

Court Record, Page 33 — 3 October, 1738: Will proven. 



Page 164-5-6-7. 



Steele, Capt. Thomas, Hartford. Invt. £2900 plus. Taken 29 Janu- 
ary, 1739-40, by Ebenezer Sedge wick, Stephen Hosmer and Moses Nash. 
Will dated 20 September, 1737. 

I, Thomas Steele of Hartford, do make this my last will and testa- 
ment : I give to Susannah, my wife, 1-3 part of my moveable estate for- 
ever, and 1-3 part of my dwelling house, barn and all my lands during 
her widowhood. And provided she shall hereafter marry, my will is (she 
being willing) that she shall have i6o out of my moveable estate, pro- 
vided she releases her right in the buildings and lands aforesd. I give to 
my son Samuel Steele the 1-2 of my lands which I now live upon, lying 
on the east side of the highway or common road running north and south 
to the west division (and provided my dwelling house shall be found upon 
the north side, that I reserve for my son John Steele ; and my son Samuel 
aforesd. shall have his lands made up of lands eastward of sd. house). 
Further, I give to my sd. son Samuel my house on the west side of the 
highway and 3 acres of land adjoining to sd. house, and also 9 acres of 
land that I lately bought of the heirs of Samuel Sedgewick, Jr., late of 
Hartford deceased. And further, I give unto my son Samuel Steele the 
1-3 part of my barn during the time it shall remain fit for service. I give 
to my son William Steele all my lands at New Hartford, divided and 
undivided. I give unto my two sons Nathaniel Steele and James Steele 
all my lands in Hartford in the west division west of the highway not be- 
fore disposed of, to be equally divided between them. I give to my daugh- 
ter Jerusha Steele, alias Mills, £40 money and one cow over and above what 
I have already given her. I give to my daughter Susannah Steele, alias 
Hosmer, ii6 besides what I have already given her. Furthermore, I 
give unto my sons, Samuel Steele, William Steele, James Steele, Nathaniel 
Steele and John Steele, all my personal estate not before disposed of, to be 
equally divided between them. I give to my son John Steele my dwelling 
house and 1-3 part of my barn, and 1-2 on the south side of the land east 
of the highway, it being the remaining part of sd. land that I have given 
to my son Samuel on the east side of the highway. Further, I give all my 
land east of the Connecticut River to all my children, both sons and daugh- 
ters, to be equally divided among them. And I appoint Susannah Steele, 
my wife, and Samuel Steele, my son, executors. 

Witness : Martin Smith, Thomas Steele, ls. 

Adonijah Moody, Moses Nash. 



1737 TO 1742. PROBATE RECORDS. 345 

Court Record, Page 60 — 5 February, 1739-40: Will proven. James 
Steele, a minor, age 20 years, and Nathaniel, age 18 years, sons of Capt. 
Thomas Steele, chose their mother Susannah Steele to be their guardian. 
John Steele, age 16 years, chose his brother Samuel to be his guardian. 



Steward, John. Court Record, Page 19 — 3 January, 1737-8: John 
Steward, age 17 years, lately arrived from Great Britain, made choice of 
Michael Steward of Wethersfield to be his guardian. Recog., iioo. 



Page 324-5. 



Stow, Samuel, Middletown. Will dated 26 September, 1741 : I, 
Samuel Stow of Middletown, in the County of Hartford, shoemaker, do 
make this my last will and testament : I give to my wife Esther the west 
end of my dwelling house with the cellarage, and so much of the utensils 
in the house as she shall have occasion for her own use, and so much 
room in my barn as she shall need, and one cow (which of them she shall 
choose) ; also the use of 1-3 part of my improved land, with the 1-3 part 
of the orchard. This I give to my wife during her natural life or widow- 
hood. I give to my two daughters, Esther and Bethiah, and also to my 
granddaughter. Submit Stow, only heir to my eldest son Samuel Stow 
deed., what they have already had, and nothing more at present ; but after 
my wife's decease my will is that these three last above mentioned shall 
have an equal share in dividing those moveables that my wife shall leave 
at her decease, with my other two daughters, Abigail and Lucia. I give 
to my son Jerediah Stow 1-2 of my homelott, to be taken off the north 
side, makeing a crooked line between that north part and that on the south 
part so as to leave out the tan house and tan vats. Also, I give to my son 
Jerediah 1-3 part of my barn. I give to my son Isaac Stow all my rights of 
land on the east side of the Great River, also 1-2 of my boggy meadow 
land. I give to my son Jonathan Stow 1-2 of my homelott, to be taken on 
the south side, with all the buildings thereon (except 1-3 part of the barn), 
with the tan house and tan vats ; also the cyder mill and press. Also, I 
give to my son Jonathan all my burnt swamp pasture ; also the 1-2 of my 
boggy meadow ; also all my land at Pistol Point ; also I give to my son 
Jonathan all my husbandry tools ; also all my tanning and shoemaker's 
tools. And further, my will is, that my son Jonathan shall have iny yoke 
of oxen and my two mares and one of my cows ; also my four young 
cattle ; also a gunn. These things as above mentioned I give to my son 
Jonathan, obliging him to pay all my debts and funeral charges, and also 
to make up to his two sisters, Abigail and Lucia, what shall be wanting 
of £110 after my wife has spared what she can out of the utensils of the 
house ; and further, that he shall find his mother her firewood during her 
widowhood. And further, I give to my son Jonathan three acres of land 
off from the west end of my lott at Woolph Pitt Hill, also all my sheep. 



34^ PROBATE RECORDS. VOL. XIII, 

I give to my two daughters, Abigail and Lucia, £55 apiece, which is to be 
made up out of utensils in the house so far as my wife can spare them, 
and what they fall short of £110 my will is that my son Jonathan shall 
make up to his sisters. I give to my son Stephen Stow all my lottment of 
land at Woolphitt Hill, excepting the three acres given to my son Jon- 
athan. Further, my will is that my red cow and all my swine, excepting 
one, and all my corne, flax and wool shall be disposed of to the present 
support of my family. I appoint my son Jonathan sole executor. 

Witness : John Shephard, Samuel Stow, ls. 

Thomas Johnson, Jonathan Stockin. 

Court Record, Page 106 — 5 January, 1741-2: Will proven. 

Page 33 (Vol. XIV) 16 November, 1743 : Stephen Stow, 18 years 
of age, son of Deacon Samuel Stow, chose William Rockwell to be his 
guardian. Recog., £200. 

Page 10 (Vol. XVI) i January, 1 750-1 : An inventory of the estate 
of Deacon Samuel Stow, late of Middletown deed., which the said de- 
ceased gave his widow dureing life, was now exhibited in Court by Jon- 
athan Stow, executor, which this Court accepts and order on file. The 
said executor now moves that distribution be made, the widow being de- 
ceased : Whereupon this Court appoint Joseph Smith, Joseph Ranny and 
Thomas Johnson, of Middletown, to distribute said estate to the heirs : 
To heirs of Esther Ranny, to Bethia Morton, to Abigail Shailor, to Luce 
Warren, and to Submit Stow, to each an equal fifth part of said moveable 
estate, agreeable to the last will of the said deceased. 



Page 204. 

Stow, Thomas, Jr., Middletown. Invt. £163-06-06. Taken 28 April, 
1740, by William Rockwell and Seth Wetmore. 

Court Record, Page 69 — ist July, 1740: Adms. granted to Nathaniel 
Stow. Recog., £300, with Thomas Hurlbut, Jr. 

Page 86 (Vol. XV) 12 January, 1748-9: Nathaniel Stow, admin- 
istrator, exhibited an account of his Adms, Accepted. 



Page 161. 

Strong, Asahel, Farmington. Invt. £1126-13-07. Taken 31 Decem- 
ber, 1739, by Josiah Hart and John Newell. Will dated 28 June, 1739. 

I, Asahell Strong of Farmingtown, do make this my last will and 
testament: I give to my son John Strong, his heirs and assigns forever, 
all my land in that division lying in the southwest corner of Farmingtown 



1737 TO 1742. PROBATE RECORDS. 347 

bounds called the division on the mountain against Waterbury, that is to 
say, all those lands in sd. division that I bought of Roger Bronson; also 
that pitch of land which he hath taken up on my account at Rattlesnake 
Hill ; also what creatures of mine shall be in his hands at my decease ; 
also what debts shall be due from him to me upon my decease. I give to 
my daughter Margaret Root, alias Strong, that pilion and cloth that were 
her mother's. I give unto sd. Margaret Root and Mary Lewis, alias 
Strong, in equal degree, my two biggest brass kettles, two iron potts and 
two iron kettles of those that were their mother's ; also, all the pewter and 
earthen ware that were their mother's, except an earthen dye pott ; also 
all my wooden ware, as bowls, dishes, trenchers, wool combs and cards, 
warming pan, frying pan, and two brass skilletts ; also each of them one 
trunk ; to be set to them at the discretion of my son Asahell Strong. All 
the remainder of my estate, both real and personal, utensils both within 
doors and without, money, debts, dues or demands, that is to say, all ye 
remainder of my estate of what kind and degree soever, I give and be- 
queath to my son Asahell Strong and his heirs forever. I appoint my son 
Asahell Strong to be sole executor. 

Witness : John Hart, Asahell Strong, ls. 

Samuel Porter, John Hart, Jr. 

Court Record, Page 56 — 6 November, 1739: Will proven. 
Page 58 — 1st January, 1739-40: Exhibit of an inventory. Accepted 
and ordered to be recorded. 



Will and Invt. in Vol. XIV, Page 4-5-6-7. 

Strong, Samuel, Windsor. Inventory taken 8 February, 1741-2, by 
John Stoughton, Peletiah AUyn and John Allyn. Will dated 14 January, 
1 74 1 -2. 

I, Samuel Strong of Windsor, do make this my last will and testa- 
ment : I give to my wife Martha Strong the right in my house and cellar 
during widowhood, with the use of 1-3 part of my orchard and pasture 
land adjoining to the house we now live in, which land I bought of Jacob 
Gibbs the 2nd, and land of Jonathan Elsworth, both of Middletown, so 
long as she shall remain my widow. My will and pleasure is that my be- 
loved wife shall have the use of 1-3 part of all my improved lands in the 
Town of Windsor so long as she shall remain my widow. I give to my 
wife 1-3 part of all my moveable estate, except the timber and pine boards 
that are provided and intended for my house, to be to her forever and at 
her own dispose. I give unto my son Samuel Strong the house he now 
liveth in, and also 2-3 of the land on which the house now standeth, and 
the other third part of that lott of land, after the decease or marriage of 
his mother, to him and his heirs forever. My will and pleasure is that my 
son Samuel Strong shall have i 1-2 acres of upland running from the 
street down to the bottom of the hill eastward, which I bought of Robert 



348 PROBATE RECORDS. VOL. XIII, 

Hoskins and Elizabeth his wife; also 4 acres of pasture land adjoining, 
which I bought of Dr. Samuel Mather and Hannah his wife ; that is to say, 
2-3 of sd. parcels or pieces of land to him at my decease, and 
the other third after the marriage or decease of his mother. I give 
unto my son Samuel Strong 2 pieces of meadow land lying in the 
great meadow on the west side of the Great River in Windsor, con- 
taining 4 acres in each piece, formerly belonging to my grandfather, 
the Rev. John Warham, to be to him, my sd. son, and his heirs forever. I 
give to my son Return Strong my new house in which we now dwell, and 
also the orchard and pasture land adjoining to sd. house, except what 
I have before reserved and given to my wife for her use while 
she remains my widow, and after that the whole tenement to be 
to my sd. son Return Strong, to him and his heirs forever. I give to my 
son Return Strong 9 acres of my meadow land lying in the great meadow 
in Windsor, on the west side of the Great River. My will and pleasure 
is that all the land that I have or may and ought to have in the commons 
and undivided lands in Windsor, and also in that tract of land called the 
equivalent land, shall be divided and shared equally unto my two sons, 
namely, Samuel and Return. My will and pleasure is that my lands at 
Torrington shall be sold by my executors towards paying my debts and 
the legacies to my daughters. I give and bequeath my land at Harwing- 
ton, that was laid out to the heirs of my honoured father Return Strong 
of Windsor, unto my daughter Sarah Phelps, to be to her and her heirs 
forever. My will and pleasure is that my daughter Sarah Phelps shall 
have out of my moveable estate the sum of £110. including the land at 
Harwington above mentioned, and also what she hath already had. I give 
to my daughters, namely, Martha and Mary Strong, iiio mone)% to be 
paid to each of them out of my moveable estate. My will and pleasure 
is that the timber and boards intended for my new house shall be reckoned 
with the house to my son Return Strong. My will and pleasure is that 
what provisions may be in the house at my decease shall be and re-* 
main for the use of the family without price. My will and pleasure is 
and I hereby appoint my wife Martha Strong and my two sons, Samuel 
Strong and Return Strong, executors. 

Witness : Samuel Mather, , Samuel Strong, ls. 

Jonathan Wright, Samuel Stiles. 

Court Record, Page 109 — 2 February, 1741-2: Will proven. 



Page 191-2. 



Sumner, William, Middletown. Invt. £959-00-08. Taken 30 Janu- 
ary, 1739-40, by Solomon Adkins, John Bacon and William Rockwell. 

Court Record, Page 64 — 14 April, 1740: Adms. granted to Hannah 
Sumner, widow, and Hezekiah Sumner, who recog. in £500 with Ben- 
jamin Adkins. 



1737 TO 1742. PROBATE RECORDS. 349 

Page 47 (Vol. XIV) 7 August, 1744: An account of Adms. was now 
exhibited in Court by Hannah Sumner, widow. Accepted. Order to 
distribute the estate : 

£ s d 
To the widow, Hannah Sumner, her thirds, 107-12-00 

To Hezekiah Sumner, eldest son, 51-16-00 

To Hannah, Sarah and Mary Sumner, to each, 25-15-0034 

And to William, John and Ebenezer Sumner, to each, 25-15-00^4 

And appoint Solomon Adkins, William Rockwell and Return Megs, 
of Middletown, distributors. 

Page 55 — 5 March, 1744-5 : Hezekiah Sumner, age 20 years, and 
Mary Sumner, age 15 years, chose Hezekiah Sumner of Middletown to 
be their guardian. Recog., £600. Hannah Sumner and Sarah Sumner 
chose William Rockwell to be their guardian. Recog., £500. And this 
Court appoint Hezekiah Sumner of Middletown to be guardian to William 
Sumner, age 13 years, to John, 10 years, and to Ebenezer Sumner, age 8 
years, all children of William Sumner, late of Middletown. Recog., £800. 

Page 125 (Vol. XV) 10 April, 1750: John Sumner, 14 years of 
age, chose his father-in-law, Joseph Johnson, and his mother to be his 
guardians. Also, this Court appoint Joseph Johnson and his wife guar- 
dians to Ebenezer Sumner, 13 years of age, both sons of William Sumner 
of Middletown. Recog., £300 for each minor. 

Page 139 — 4 September, 1753 : William Sumner, age 19 years, son 
of William Sumner, made choice of his father-in-law, Lt. Joseph Johnson, 
to be his guardian. Recog., £500. Cert : John Tully, J. P. for New Lon- 
don County. 

Page 5 (Vol. XVI) 20 November, 1750: Hannah Sumner, widow 
and Adms., having finished her account of Adms, on sd. estate, now moves 
for a distribution. This Court so order, viz. : To Hezekiah Sumner, eldest 
son, a double part ; to William, John and Ebenezer Sumner, and Hannah, 
Sarah and Mary Sumner, children of the deed., to each of them their 
single shares of sd. estate. And appoint William Rockwell, Return Meigs 
and Daniel Starr, of Middletown, distributors. 

Page 103 (Vol. XVII) 17 March, 1756: Report of the dist. Accepted. 



Sweet, Benjamin. Court Record, Page 104 — 23 December, 1741 
Estate of Benjamin Sweet, a transient person, late of Hartford deed. 
Adms. to Timothy Bigelow. Recog., £100, with Deacon John Edwards. 



Will on Page 321. Invt. in Vol. XIV, Page 150-153. 

Talcott, Joseph, Hartford. Invt. £10,979. Taken ii and 12 Novem- 
ber, 1 74 1, by Nathaniel Stanly, John Edward and Ozias Goodwin. 



350 PROBATE RECORDS. VOL. XIII, 

Part of the Inventory: 

Negros, males: Jupiter, £70-00-00; Prince, £120-00-00; York, £100- 
00-00. Females : Rose, £45-00-00 ; Lillie, £90-00-00. 

Lands in Middletown, 100 acres, apprised by Giles Hall and George 
Phillips, £625. 

Lands in Stafford, 100 acres, £60-00-00 ; 100 acres, £40-00-00 ; 250 
acres, £220-00-00. Taken by John Warner, Samuel Warner and Samuel 
Chapman. 

Lands in Bolton, taken by John Bissell and Daniel White, £1217-00-00. 

Lands in Coventry, one piece by Mr. Brigham's and Sargt. Silas 
Long's, 240 acres, £600-00-00; one near Capt. Parker's and Capt. Bis- 
sell's, 15 acres, £20-00-00; one near John Robinson and Elisha Fitch, 
31 1-4 acres, £187-00-00; one on Skungamug River, 146 acres, £365-00-00; 
one near Capt. and James Parker's and Aaron Strong, 35 acres, £100- 
00-00; one near Samuel Parker and Thomas Porter, 150 acres, £50-00-00. 
Land in the Five Miles, 45 acres, £56-00-00; 150 acres, £50-00-00. In- 
ventory at Coventry taken by Samuel Parker and Thomas Porter ; and in 
the Five Miles by John Pitkin and Josiah Olcott. 

WILL DATED 5 MAY, 1739 : 

I, Joseph Talcott of Hartford, do make this my last will and testa- 
ment : I give out of my estate £5 to the poor of the Parish that I belong 
to, such as my executors shall think to be most proper objects of our 
charity. I give to my daughter Abigail Wadsworth a chest of drawers 
that was my first wife's, not to be reckoned as part of her portion of 
my estate. I give of my estate for the support of my unmarried daughters 
at my decease, for one full year after my decease, not to be charged as 
portions to my daughters, they to have right in my now dwelling house 
that I have given to my son Samuel Talcott, either Jerusha or Helena 
Talcott. After debts and legacies, etc., are paid, the remaining part of 
my whole estate, both real and personal, shall be divided : to my eldest 
son John Talcott, a part or portion double to the rest of my sons (Nathan 
and his children excepted) ; and to my other sons, Joseph, Samuel and 
Matthew Talcott, a double part or portion to my daughters ; and to my 
daughters, Abigail Wadsworth, Eunice Hooker, Jerusha Talcott and 
Helena Talcott, half so much as my three youngest and three last men- 
tioned sons. And on consideration of the discount on oure bills of credit, 
and uncertainty of that currency, how they may pass at my decease, I do 
order and determine that all my lands that I have given by deeds to any 
of my children in my lifetime, together with what I shall die seized of, 
shall after my decease be apprised by freeholders under oath, either by 
Capt. Nathaniel Stanly, Capt. Ozias Pitkin and Capt, William Pitkin, or 
such others as the Court of Probate shall appoint. I appoint my three 
sons, John, Joseph and Samuel, or any two of them, executors. 
Witness : Giles Hall, Joseph Talcott, ls. 

Joseph Farnsworth, Daniel Hinsdale. 



1737 TO 1742. PROBATE RECORDS. 351 

Court Record, Page io6 — 5 January, 1741-2: Will proven. 

Page 68 (Probate Side, Vol. XIV) : Whereas, the Honourable 
Joseph Talcott, Esq., of Hartford, in the County of Hartford and Colony 
of Connecticut, deceased, did in and by his last will and testament order 
that after his just debts, funerall expenses, provisions for the support of 
Jerusha and Helena Talcott (daughters of the sd. deceased) one year, 
and each of his children a suit of mourning apparel out of his moveable 
estate, with £5 to the poor of the Parish or Society to which he belonged, 
had been deducted, all the rest of his estate should be divided to and 
amongst his children (Nathan and his children excepted), John the 
eldest son to have a double share, the rest of the sons half so much, and 
the daughters half so much as his youngest sons: The following is an 
account of the sundry particulars, goods, etc., received by the children and 
heirs of the Honoureable Joseph Talcott, Esq., late of Hartford deed., of 
the executors of the last will and testament of the sd. Joseph Talcott de- 
ceased : 

£ s d 

Received by John Talcott, . 2991-18-08 

Received by Joseph Talcott, 1781-14-04 

Received by Samuel Talcott, 1903-16-01 

Received by Matthew Talcott, 1505-02-00 

Received by Abigail Wadsworth, 838-07-06 

Received by Eunice Hooker, 838-13-04 

Received by Jerusha Talcott, 736-12-00 

Received by Helena Talcott, 736-11-00 

November, the i6th day, A. D. 1744. 
We, the subscribers, do hereby acknowledge that we have each of us 
received oure proportionable part of the inventoryed estate of our hon- 
oured father Joseph Talcott, Esqr., of Hartford, deceased, both of real 
and personal estate. 

John Talcott, Joseph Talcott, Samuel Talcott, 

Matthew Talcott, Daniel Wadsworth, Abigail Wadsworth, 

Eunice Hooker, Jerusha Talcott, Helena Talcott. 



Page 172. 

Talcott, Ensign Samuel, Wethersfield. Invt. £3912-18-01 : In per- 
sonal estate, £557-15-04. In negros : one man and one woman, £200-00- 
00 ; one boy, Peter, £45-00-00 ; one boy, Sampson, £30-00-00. In lands, 
£2079-00-00. Taken 3 July, 1739, by Elizur Goodrich and John Patterson. 

Court Record, Page 52 — 3 July, 1739: Adms. granted to Thankful 
Talcott, widow, and Ebenezer Belding, Jr. Recog., £300, with John Pat- 
terson. 



352 PROBATE RECORDS. VOL. XIII, 

Page 62 — 28 March, 1740: Samuel Talcott, a minor, 15 years of age, 
son of Samuel Talcott, chose Ebenezer Deming to be his guardian. 
Recog., £300. 

Page 23 (Vol. XV) 2 September, 1746: Thankful Talcott, widow, 
and Ebenezer Belding, Jr., Adms., exhibited an account of their Adms. 
Accepted. The sd. Adms. move this Court that the moveable estate be 
distributed to the surviving heirs, viz. : 

£ s d 
To Thankful Talcott, widow, 259-00-08 

To Samuel Talcott, eldest son, 207-04-06 

To Elizur, Ebenezer and Mary Talcott, to each, 103-12-00 

And appoint Elizur Goodrich, Hezekiah May and Jonathan Goodrich, 
distributors. 

P3.ge 35 — 12 March, 1746-7: Elizur Talcott, a minor, 19 years of 
age, and Ebenezer Talcott, aged 16 years, sons of the deceased, chose their 
mother Thankfull Talcott to be their guardian. Recog., £500. 

Page37 (Vol. XVI) ist October, 175 1 : Thankfull Talcott, Adms., now 
moves that the real estate be distributed: Whereupon this Court appoint 
Col. Elizur Goodrich, Jonathan Belding and Capt. Josiah Griswold to 
distribute the estate, viz.: To Thankfull Talcott, widow, 1-3 part of the 
buildings and lands for her improvement during life ; and to Samuel 
Talcott, eldest son, his double share ; and to Elizur, Ebenezer and Mary 
Talcott, their single shares of sd. real estate. 

(A report of this distribution ivas made to the Court, but no action 
zvas taken except to order it on file.) 



Page 297. 

Thompson, John, Sen., Farmington. Invt. £966-02-00. Taken 26 
October, 1741, by Isaac Cowles, John Hart and Thomas Wadsworth. Will 
dated 5 July, 1737. 

I, John Thompson of Farmingtown, do make this my last will and 
testament : I give to my wife, Ruth Thompson, the use of 1-3 part of 
my dwelling house, barn and improvable lands during her natural life ; 
also the use during life of all that estate I received with her from her 
father Steele ; and what thereof shall remain of sd. estate to return to my 
heirs. Unto my son Nathaniel Thompson I give £5 out of my personal 
estate besides what he hath already received. To my son John Thompson 
I give half that part of land in sd. Farmington at a place called Crane Hall, 
which I bought of John Lewis ; also all that land which I bought of John 
and Joseph Woodruff, lying in the first division west from the reserved 
lands ; also all my right in that place called Thompson Swamp ; all in sd. 
Farmingtown. I give unto my son James Thompson half of that land 
which I bought of Hezekiah Hooker ; sd. half contains 50 acres and 
lyeth near to a place called Burnt Hill ; also all my right in ye buildings 
thereon ; also 5 acres in ye common field, which land I bought of Jonathan 



1737 TO 1742. PROBATE RECOEIDS. 353 

Smith, butting east on the river ; all in the sd. Township of Farmingtown. 
Unto my two sons, Solomon and Hezekiah Thompson, I give my dwelling 
house, barn and homestead, and also that lott I bought of Timothy Thomp- 
son, butting west on the river ; also that 6 acres of land which I bought of 
Thomas Orton, butting south on Joseph Hawley ; also that 10 acres which 
I bought of Joseph Hawley, butting east on a highway ; all in the Town- 
ship of Farmington. Unto my son Ezekiel Thompson I give all my tools 
properly to the trade of blacksmith belonging. Unto my three sons, 
Ezekiel, Solomon and Hezekiah Thompson, I give all the residue and re- 
mainder of my real estate of lands in the Townships of Farmingtown and 
Litchfield or elsewhere whatsoever, disposition of which hath not before 
in this instrument been made, to be equally divided between them. Unto 
my daughter Margaret Beech, besides what I have already given her, I 
now give her out of my personal estate iio. Unto my daughter Hannah 
Bird, besides what I have formerly let her have, I now give her the sum 
of f 10. Unto my daughter Eunice Thompson I give out of my personal 
estate £80. All the three last legacies at inventory price. I give unto my 
wife and all my children above named all that shall remain of my personal 
estate when my debts are paid and the above named legacies are answered, 
that they share thereof equally. I constitute my two sons, James and 
Ezekiel Thompson, to be my executors. 

Witness : Nathaniel Newell, John Thompson^ ls. 

Samuel Thompson, Daniel Thompson. 

Court Record, Page 103 — ist December, 1741 : Will proven. 

Page 15 (Vol. XIV) 4 January, 1742-3 : Ezekiel Thompson, one of 
the executors of the last will of John Thompson, moves this Court that 
freeholders might be appointed to make distribution of the surplusage of 
the moveable estate of the sd. deed, after the debts and legacies are paid. 
This Court order a distribution to be made thereof according to sd. will : 

£ s d 
The inventory, with additions, 574-18-06 

Debts and legacies paid, 272-16-06 



Which being subtracted, there remains to be distributed, 302-02-00 

To the widow and Nathaniel Thompson, to each of them, 30-04-02 
To Ezekiel Thompson and to Margaret Thompson, to each of 

them, 30-04-02 

To John Thompson and to Hannah Thompson, to each of them, 30-04-02 
To Solomon Thompson and to Hezekiah Thompson, to each of 

them, 30-04-02 

To James Thompson and to Eunice Thompson, to each of them, 30-04-02 

The Court appoint Capt. Isaac Cowles, Deacon John Hart and 
Thomas Wadsworth, of Farmingtown, distributors. 

Page 19 — 22 March, 1743-4: Report accepted. 



354 PROBATE RECORDS. VOL. XIII, 

Invt. in Vol. XIV, Page 55. 

Thompson, Joseph, Windsor, Invt. £212-01-02. Taken 28 January, 
1741-2, by John Stiles, Jr., James Thompson and Ebenezer Watson, Jr. 

Court Record, Page 107 — 11 January, 1741-2: Adms. granted to Wil- 
liam Thompson of Windsor. Recog., £600, with James Thompson of 
Windsor. 

Page II (Vol. XIV) 5 October, 1742: William Thompson, Adms., 
exhibited an account of his Adms., which this Court accepted. 

See File : 

Know all men by these presents : That it is agreed upon, by and be- 
tween us the subscribers, all of the Town of Windsor, being the lawful 
heirs and successors of our brother Joseph Thompson, late of Windsor 
deceased, and we have and do by these presents give, grant, make over, 
convey and confirm unto our brethren, Samuel and James Thompson, all 
and singular the estate of our sd. deceased brother Joseph Thompson, be 
it either in lands, goods or chattells. We the subscribers do hereby, for 
ourselves and heirs, covenant to and with the sd. Samuel and Joseph 
Thompson and their heirs, and with either of them singly, to warrant and 
defend the abovesd. given and granted premises unto them or any of 
them against the lawful claims of us or any of our heirs or any other 
person. In confirmation whereof we have hereunto set our hands and 
seals this 6th day of July, A. D. 1747. 



Joseph Harper, ls. 
Miriam X Harper, ls. 
Ruth X Thompson, ls. 



William Thompson, Adms., ls. 
Samuel X Thompson, ls. 
James Thompson, ls. 
Robert X Thompson, ls. 
Witness : William McCarty, 
Ann Grant. 

Page 42 (Vol. XV) 7 July, 1747: An agreement for the settlement 
of the estate of Joseph Thompson was now exhibited in Court under the 
hands and seals of the heirs to sd. estate, and acknowledged before this 
Court. The Court accepts the same and orders it to be recorded and kept 
on file. 



Page 13 1-2-3. 



Thompson, Samuel, Farmington. Invt. £1361-07-06. Taken 23 Feb- 
ruary, 1739, by Isaac Cowles, Daniel Judd and John Newell. Will dated 
17th January, 1738-9. 

I, Samuel Thompson of Farmingtown, son to John Thompson, being 
visited with dangerous sickness, do make this my last will and testament : 
I give to Hannah, my wife, for her use and profit during her natural life, 
1-3 part of my real estate of houseing and lands ; also, 1-3 part of all my 
personal estate to be her own forever. To my eldest son Samuel Thomp- 



1737 TO 1742. PROBATE RECORDS. 355 

son I give all my right to and in land laid out on the right of my father 
John Thompson, lying in the i6th allottment in the 2nd division of land 
lying west from the reserved land in sd. Farmingtown, together with so 
much of my real estate of houseing and lands, with what I have already 
given him, as to make his part equal with each of his three youngest 
brethren, not reckoning into it land in the i6th allottment. Unto my son 
Ebenezer Thompson, besides what I have already given him, I give him 
10 shillings money. Unto my three youngest sons, Daniel Thompson, 
Thornas Thompson and Barnabas Thompson, I give all the residue and 
remainder of my real estate of houseing and land, whatsoever and where- 
soever, to be equally divided to them, reserving to my wife the use of 1-3 
part as before mentioned. Unto my two eldest daughters, Ruth Judd 
and Mary Woodford, besides what I have already given them, I give to 
each of them lo shillings as money. Unto my three youngest daughters, 
Bethiah Thompson, Hannah Thompson and Anne Thompson, unto each 
of them I give £75 of my personal estate as money. And the remainder 
of my personal estate, if any be, my will further is that it be equally 
divided between my five daughters. I appoint my son Samuel Thompson 
to be sole executor. 

Witness : Samuel Whitman, Jr., Samuel X Thompson, ls. 

Gershom Lewis, Roger Hooker. 

Court Record, Page 45—14 March, 1738-9: Will now exhibited by 
Samuel Thompson, who declined the trust. This Court appoint Hannah 
Thompson, the widow, and Samuel Thompson, the son, Adms. with the 
will annexed. Recog., £500, with Ebenezer Thompson of Farmington. 
Barnabas Thompson, a minor, age 15 years, and Hannah, age 13 years, 
chose their mother Hannah Thompson to be their guardian. Recog., £400! 

Page 10 (Vol. XIV) ist Tuesday in September, 1742: Hannah 
Thompson and Samuel Thompson, Adms. with the will annexed, moved 
this Court that distributors may be appointed to make division of the 
estate according to sd. will of the deceased : Whereupon this Court ap- 
point Capt. Josiah Hart, Nathaniel Newell and Daniel Judd, of sd. Farm- 
ington, distributors. ; 

Page 107-12-13. 

Thrall, William, Windsor. Invt. 1114-02-11. Taken 19 December 
1738, by James Enno, John Stoughton and Jonathan Stiles. Will dated 
June, 1736. 

I, William Thrall of Windsor, do make this my last will and testa- 
ment : I give to my honoured mother, Sarah Thrall, my negro girl called 
Pegg, and £20 money. I give to my wife Hannah Thrall the sum of 10 
shilhngs money. I give to my daughter Charity Thrall the sum of £500 
to be paid to her at the age of 18 years or upon marriage. I give to my 
sister Sarah Ward's children, viz., to Sarah, Lucy, Alice and Abigail to 
each £25 when they are of lawfull age. I give to my sister Sarah wkrd 



35^ PROBATE RECORDS. VOL. XIII, 

£^o to be to her own use and disposal. I give to John Warham Strong's 
children, viz., to Elizabeth, Sarah and John Strong, £25 to each. I give to 
my brother Timothy Thrall all the remainder of my estate, and appoint 
him executor. It is my will that my brother Timothy Thrall be guardian 
to my daughter Charity Thrall until she comes of age, and that he shall 
allow for her support (until she arrive of age) out of my estate what shall 
be necessary, or the lawful interest for what was given her besides what 1 
have given her by will. 

Witness : John Stoughton, William Thrall, ls. 

John McMorran, Esekiel Bissell. 

Court Record, Page 38 — 29 December, 1738: Invt. exhibited by 
Timothy Thrall, executor. Charity Thrall, age 13 years, daughter of 
William Thrall, chose her mother Hannah Thrall to be her guardian. 
Recog., £300. 

Page 49 — 1st May, 1739: Hannah Thrall, the widow, complains to 
this Court that Timothy Thrall hath not perfected the inventory. He was 
cited to appear to perfect the inventory and answer to the complaint of 
Mrs. Thrall. Hannah Thrall with her attorney Joseph Gilbert, and 
Timothy Thrall, executor, appeared, with James Enno, his attorney. It 
appears that there was considerable of the estate that was not put into the 
inventory of the estate of the deceased, both bonds, notes and lands, that 
did belong to the estate, nor did the executor now or at no time hereafter 
bring the estate to this Court to be added to sd. inventory. Neither did 
sd. executor make any excuse to the satisfaction of this Court for his 
neglecting to do the same. 

Page 50 — 26 May, 1739: Hannah Thrall moves this Court that her 
dower be set out. Roger Newbery, Timothy Loomis and Daniel Heydon 
were appointed to set out her dower. 

9th of June, 1739: Timothy Loomis and Daniel Heydon decline to 
act, and this Court appoint Lt. Roger Newbery, Lt. Nathaniel Gaylord 
and Josiah Phelps, Jr., to set out 1-3 part of all the real estate of which sd. 
deed, died seized of. 

Page 70 — 5 August, 1740: Hannah Thrall, widow of William Thrall, 
shows this Court that distribution of her dower has not been finished by 
reason of Capt. Newbery being appointed to go on an expedition against 
the Spaniards. This Court now appoint John Palmer with Lt. Nathaniel 
Gaylord and Josiah Phelps, Jr., to finish the distribution of dower of 
land, which was set out 30th April, 1739. 



Toney, Betty, Negro Woman. Court Record, Page 25 — 17 March, 
1737-8; Betty Toney of Hartford, a minor, 18 years of age, chose Deacon 
John Edwards to be her guardian. Recog., £50. 



Page 280, 

Tuller, William, Simsbury. Invt. £789-06-03. Taken by Richard 
Cook and Josiah Loomis, Jr. Will dated nth June, 1740. 



1737 TO 1742. PROBATE RECORDS. 357 

I, William Tuller of Simsbury, Hartford County, doe make this my 
last will and testament : Imprimis : My will is and I doe give to my wife 
one bed and covering for the same, one cow and one iron pott, together 
with 1-3 part of all my household stuff, 1-2 of my dwelling house during 
her lifetime, and 1-2 of my orchard and the piece of land where my barn 
now stands, being about 2 acres, and 2 acres where my house stands, and 
2 acres where Nathaniel Bacon lived formerly in Windsor bounds, with 
ye liberty for to keep one or two cows in ye pasture, and my young pacing 
mare. This I freely give to my wife during her natural life. To James, 
my first son, I give the remaining part of sd. lott that I formerly bought 
of Daniel Addams. together with the part of sd. sawmill lott that I gave 
him by deed of gift, and one acre at the north end of my orchard next to 
the land above mentioned. This I give to my son James provided he 
make no demands on me nor on my heirs for the land that his uncle 
James Cornish gave him. To John, my 2nd son, I give the remaining 
part of the lott that I bought of John Lewis's widow. To Daniel, my 
third son, I give the lott that fell to me by first division, meaning the 
lOO-acre lott that lyeth between Salmon Brook and the place called the 
Plaine, and my right in the sawmill that stands on Griffin's Brook. To 
David, my fourth son, I give one lott of land of 100 acres in my second 
division, lying in the west mountain, lying near the north of Bold Hill, 
and my longest gunn. To William, my fifth son, I give all my homelott 
with the house now standing on sd. land, which land I bought of Mr. 
Merriman, and two acres that I bought of Nathaniel Bacon, lying in 
Windsor bounds and joins on my homelott, and my short gunn. This 1 
give to my son William. To Elizabeth, my first daughter, I give 1-3 
part of my household goods and 1-3 part of all my moveable estate, ex- 
cepting my oxen and excepting what I have given to my sons. This I give 
to Elizabeth, my first daughter. To Hannah, my second daughter, I give 
1-3 part of my household goods and 1-3 part of my moveable estate, ex- 
cept my oxen and what I have given to my sons. This I give to Hannah, 
my second daughter. And I do order that all my notes and bonds, oxen, 
and 10 acres of land lying on Bear Hill, should be disposed of to pay my 
debts ; and the overplus, if any, to be divided between my two daughters 
equally. And I appoint Damarus Tuller, my wife, and James Tuller, my 
son, executors. 

Witness : Samuel Allyn, William Tuller, ls. 

Abigail Loomis, Josiah Loomis, Jr. 

Court Record, Page 94 — 7 July, 1741 : Will exhibited by John and 
Daniel Tuller, Adms. with the will annexed. Recog., ^500, with Jacob 
Loomis of Simsbury. 

Page 7 (Vol. XIV) ist June, 1742: Daniel Tuller, a minor, 18 years 
of age, son of William Tuller, chose his brother John Tuller to be his 
guardian. Recog., £300. 

Page II — 5 October, 1742: John and Daniel Tuller, Adms., exhibited 
an account of their Adms. Accepted. And they moved to this Court that 
distribution might be granted : Whereupon this Court appoint Daniel 
Mills, Jacob Drake, Jr., and Richard Cook, of Windsor, distributors. 



358 PROBATE RECORDS. VOL. XIII, 

Page 12 — 5 October, 1742: Hannah TuUer, a minor, 15 years of age, 
chose her brother John Tuller to be her guardian. Recog., £300. 



Page 253. 

Wadsworth, Hezekiah, Farmington. Will dated 14 October, 1740: 
I, Hezekiah Wadsworth of Farmington, do make this my last will and 
testament : I give to my brother Thomas Wadsworth, and to his heirs and 
assigns forever, all and singular my lands, messuages and tenements, 
whatsoever and wheresoever (they may be found) ; also, lott and build- 
ings thereon that was formerly my brother John Wadsworth's, whereon 
he lived only excepted. I give unto my brother Thomas Wadsworth the 
use and improvement and profit of sd. lott during his natural life. Also, 
unto my brother Thomas Wadsworth I give all my personal estate what- 
soever, to be at his dispose forever, I. give to my kinsman Mr. Daniel 
Wadsworth, pastor of the First Church of Christ in Hartford, to him, 
his heirs and assigns forever, the aforesd. lott in Farmington that was his 
father's and on which in his lifetime he lived, to be to him and his heirs 
after the death of his uncle Thomas Wadsworth, and not before. 
Witness : John Hart, Hezekiah Wadsworth, ls. 

Timothy Porter, Jr., Thomas Cowles, Jr. 

Court Record, Page 78 — 28 December, 1740: Will now exhibited by 
Thomas Wadsworth, brother of sd. deceased, executor, who informed this 
Court that the estate of the deceased and his own were joynt and never 
any division made, and the testator had given him all his personal estate 
by his will. This Court thinks it unnecessary to make any apprisement of 
the estate. 



Page 168. 

Wadsworth, Sergft. Jonathan, Hartford. Invt. £991-07-00. Taken 
30 August, 1739, by Joseph Cook, James Church and Thomas Sanford. 

Court Record, Page 55 — 13 September, 1739: Adms. to Abigail 
Wadsworth, widow, with Capt. Peletiah Mills of Windsor. Recog., £800, 
with Joseph Wadsworth, a brother of the deceased. 

Page 60 — 24 January, 1739-40: Exhibit of an inventory. 

Page 14 (Vol. XV) 4 June, 1746: An account of Adms. was now 
exhibited in Court by Jacob Kellogg, Abigail Kellogg (alias Wadsworth) 
and Capt. Peletiah Mills, Adms. Account accepted. Jonathan Wads- 
worth, age 16 years, and Lydia Wadsworth, age 14 years, children of 
Jonathan Wadsworth, chose their father-in-law Jacob Kellogg of Hart- 
ford to be their guardian. Recog., £200 for each minor. 



; Invt. in Vol. XIV, Page 40. 

Ward, Deborah, Middletown. Invt. £127-18-00. Taken 18 Febru- 
ary, 1 74 1 -2, by Daniel Hall and William Rockwell. 



1737 TO 1742. PROBATE RECORDS. 359 

Court Record, Page io8 — 2 February, 1 741-2: Adms. granted to 
Hugh White. Recog., £300, with Obadiah Spencer of Hartford. 

Page 29 (Vol. XIV) 6 September, 1743: Hugh White, Adms., ex- 
hibited an account of his Adms. Accepted. 

Page 35 — 6 December, 1743 : Middletown, 27th May, 1743 : Re- 
ceived of Mr. Hugh White, Adms. on the estate of my mother, Deborah 
Ward, and as her being my guardian, my full part of the sd. estate after 
the debts and charges thereon are taken out, hereby discharging sd. White 
from any demands on sd. estate. 

Fennar Ward. 

A true copy of the original on Hie: Test: Joseph Talcott, Clerk. 



Will and Invt. in Vol. XIV, Page 7-8. 

Wallis, Robert, Hartford. Invt. £194-08-04. Taken 19 November, 
1741, by John Talcott and Thomas Pitkin. Will dated 2 October, 1741. 

I, Robert Wallis of Hartford, do make this my last will and testa- 
ment : After my just debts and funeral charges are well paid and answered, 
I give to my wife Elizabeth the use of all my lands and moveable estate 
of what sort or wheresoever the same may be, during the term of her 
natural life. I give unto my son John Wallis what I have already given 
him, and no more. I give unto my son William Wallis what I have al- 
ready given him, and no more. My will further is that after my wife's 
decease my three daughters, Margaret, Elizabeth and Mary, shall have 
all my moveable estate that shall then be left, to be in quality divided 
among them ; and that if Margaret, who is now in Ireland, be not come 
over hither at my wife's decease, that then the whole of sd. moveables 
shall be divided between Mary and Elizabeth. I give unto my son James 
Wallis all my land, to him and his heirs forever, after the death of my 
wife Elizabeth. And I appoint my loving wife Elizabeth to be executrix. 
Witness : John Bissell, Robert X Wallis, ls. 

Thomas Pitkin, Ann Wallis. 

Court Record, Page 108 — 2 February, 1741-2: Will proven. William 
Williams of Hartford and John Wallis of Bedford, in the County of 
Hampshire, heirs to the estate, appeal from the probate of the will to the 
Superior Court at Hartford March next, and gave a bond of £50. 



Will and Invt. in Vol. XIV, Page 31-213. 

Warner, Elizabeth, Wethersfield. Inventory taken 4 December, 1741^ 
by Jonathan Robbins, Jonathan Belding and Joseph Boardman. Will 
dated 20 October, 1741. 

I, Elizabeth Warner of Wethersfield, do make this my last will and 
testament : I give to my daughters all the rest of my estate, both moneys, 
household goods and moveables, to them each alike (except 1-5 part of 



360 PROBATE RECORDS. VOL. XIII, 

money, which I give to my son Daniel Warner) : To my eldest daughter, 
Ruth Kilbourn, 1-4 ; to my 2nd daughter, Elizabeth Welles, 1-4 ; to my 3rd 
daughter, Martha Kilbourn, 1-4; to my fourth daughter, Susannah Ren- 
nals, 1-4. I make my beloved brother, Joshua Robbins, of Wethersfield, 
sole executor. 

Witness : Niell McLean, Elizabeth X Warner, ls. 

Jonathan Robbins, William Bement. 

Court Record, Page 11 1 — 2 March, 1741-2: Invt. exhibited by Joshua 
Robbins, executor. Accepted. 



Page 318. 

Waters, Joseph, Hartford. Invt. £30-18-11. Taken 21 January, 
1740- 1, by David Ensign, Isaac Kellogg and Nathaniel White, 

Court Record, Page 81 — 20 January, 1740-1 : Adms. granted to 
Elizabeth Waters, widow, Recog., iioo, with David Ensign. This Court 
appoint Elizabeth Waters to be guardian to her son Joseph Waters, a 
minor, 3 years of age, Recog., £500, 

Page 107 — 6 January, 1741-2: Elizabeth Waters, widow, Adms., by 
her attorneys, David Ensign and Isaac Kellogg, reports the estate in- 
solvent. This Court appoint Lt. Jonathan Steele and Jonathan Seymour 
commissioners. 

P^g6 3 (Vol. XIV) 21 December, 1742: Lt. Jonathan Steele and 
Mr. Jonathan Seymour, commissioners appointed by this Court to adjust 
the claims of the creditors, not having completed their account with the 
creditors, this Court allow the creditors longer time to bring in their 
claims. 

Page 17 — 7 February, 1742-3: An account of Adms. was now ex- 
hibited in Court by the Adms., whereby it appears the estate is indebted 
£10-03-04. Account allowed. Report of the commissioners accepted. 

Page 131 (Vol. XV) 24 May, 1750: Abraham Waters, a minor, 16 
years of age, son of Joseph Waters, chose his brother Webster Waters to 
be his guardian. Recog., £400. 

Page 134 — II June, 1750: Elizabeth Waters, a minor, daughter of 
Joseph Waters, chose her mother to be her guardian. Recog., £300. 



Page 325, 

Watson, Jedediah, Windsor. Will dated 12 August, 1738: I, Jed- 
ediah Watson of Windsor, do make this my last will and testament : I give 
all my tools to Ebenezer Bliss of Windsor. I give all my lands in Tor- 
rjngton and all the rest of my personal estate, after my just debts are paid 
(excepting the legacy above sd.), to Ebenezer Bliss and to Mary Seger 
and to her heirs forever. I appoint Ebenezer Bliss executor. 
Witness : Roger Wolcott, Jedediah Watson, ls. 

Sarah Ward, Mary X Hancocks. 

Court Record, Page 106 — 5 January, 174 1-2: Will proven. 



1737 TO 1 74-- PROBATE RECORDS. 361 

Page 123. 

Way, Richard, Haddam. Will dated ist June, 1735: I, Richard 
Way, mariner, belonging to His Majestie's ship Namur, being of bodily 
health and of sound disposing mind and memory, and considering the 
perils and dangers of the seas and other uncertainties of this transitory 
life, do make this my will : I give such wages, sum or sums of money, 
lands, tenements, goods, chattells and estate whatsoever as shall be any 
way due, oweing or belonging unto me at the time of my decease, I do 
give, devise and bequeath the same unto my beloved friend John Night- 
ingirl of the sd. ship, mariner, for my wife Hannah Way of New England. 
And I do hereby nominate and appoint John Nightingirl my executor of 
this my last will and testament. And I do ordain and ratify these presents 
to stand and be for and as my only last will and testament. In witness 
whereof to this my sd. will I have set to my hand and seal the ist day of 
June, Anno. Dom. 1735, and in the 8th year of the reign of His Majestie 
Lord King George the 2nd, over Great Britain. Rd. X Way. 

Signed, sealed, published and declared 

in the presence of us : Rt. Sporle, Examined by Robt. Bogg, Junr. 
Jos: Adkins, Bart. Pitts. 

Court Record, Page 43 — 15 February, 1738-9: A copy of the will of 
Richard Way, late of Haddam, in the County of Hartford, mariner in 
His Majestie's ship Namur, deceased, with ye probation thereof by Wil- 
liam, by Divine Providence Arch Bishop of Canterbury, Primate of all 
England, and Metropolitan, was now exhibited in Court by Hannah Way, 
widow relict of the sd. deed., which copy of sd. will is ordered to be re- 
corded and kept on file. And the sd, widow informing this Court that 
there is sundry debts due to sd. estate which cannot be recovered without 
Adms. is granted, the executor to sd. will being gone, and not known 
whether he ever will (return) to this land again, and that the debts due 
from sd. estate may be duly paid and the credits received, Adms. is granted 
to Hannah Way, the relict of the deed., who gave bond, with Maynard 
Day of Hartford, of £200. 



Page loi. 

Webb, Orange, Hartford. Invt. £33-05-10. Taken 11 October, 1738, 
by John Skiner and Timothy Stanly. 

Court Record, Page 34 — 5 October, 1738: Adms. to Hannah Webb 
of Wethersfield, sister of the deceased. Recog., £200, with Nathaniel 
Deming of Wethersfield. 

Page 37 — 5 December, 1738: Exhibit of inventory. 



Page 70. 

Welles, Ebenezer, Hartford. Invt. £2806-07-03. Taken 14 Febru- 
ary, 1737-8, by William Gaylord, Samuel Welles and John Whiting. 



362 PROBATE RECORDS. VOL. XIII, 

Court Record, Page 25 — 7 March, 1737-8: Adms. to Rachel Welles, 
widow. 

Page 42 (Vol. XVII) 16 October, 1754: Rachel Welles, Adms., ex- 
hibited now an account of her Adms. Accepted. This Court order dist. 
of the estate : To the widow, her third in real and moveable estate ; and to 
Ebenezer Welles, eldest son, a double share ; and to Ashbell Welles, to 
Rachel Welles, alias Merrells, the wife of Elijah Merrells, and to Hannah, 
Mary and Sarah Welles, children of the deceased, to each of them a 
single portion. And appoint Thomas Hosmer, Stephen Hosmer and 
Thomas Shepherd, of Hartford, distributors. 



Page 193, 207-8-9. 



Welles, Capt. Gideon, Wethersfield. Invt. £5137 in lands and house. 
Taken 27 June, 1740, by Thomas Welles, Eleazur Goodrich and Hezekiah 
May. Will dated 26 March, 1740., 

I, Gideon Welles of Wethersfield, being very sick and weake, do 
give and dispose of my worldly estate as follows : I give to Hannah, my 
wife, 1-3 part of my moveable or personal estate, and the use of 1-3 part 
of all my real estate. I give to my two sons, Solomon and Gideon, 2-3 
parts of all my moveables or personal estate and the whole of my real 
estate, land, tenants, etc., wheresoever lying and being, to them and their 
heirs in equal proportion, all my just debts being first paid. And that the 
sum of £500 money be paid to my daughter Eunice at the age of 18 
years ; and £500 money be paid to my daughter Sarah at 18 years of age ; 
and the sum of £500 money to be improved by my executors in the bring- 
ing up and educating my oldest son Gideon. I say my will is that my sd. 
debts and the next above mentioned sums (amounting to £1500) be all 
paid by my executors out of the estate of my sd. sons in equal proportions. 
And I appoint my wife and son Solomon to be executors, with the advice, 
direction and assistance of my friend John Chester. 

Witness : Nathaniel Burnham, Gideon Welles, ls. 

Jonathan Bull, Elisur Goodrich. 

Court Record, Page 68 — 11 June, 1740: Will proven. 

Page 32 (Vol. XV) 3 February, 1746-7: Gideon Welles, a minor, 
age 12 years, son of Gideon Welles : This Court appoint Col. John Chester 
of Wethersfield to be his guardian. Recog., £2000. 

Page 63 — 5 April, 1748: Solomon Welles, one of the executors to 
the last will and testament of Capt. Gideon Welles, now moves to this 
Court that distributors may be appointed to distribute the estate : Where- 
upon this Court appoint Col. Elizur Goodrich, Capt. Thomas Belding and 
Hezekiah May distributors. 

Page 67 — 27 May, 1748: Jonathan Hale, Esq., of Glastonbury, in 
right of his wife Hannah, who was the widow of Capt. Gideon Welles, 
now moves to this Court that her right of dowry in the real estate may be 
set out to her : Whereupon this Court appoint Col. Elizur Goodrich, Capt. 



1737 TO 1742. PROBATE RECORDS. 363 

Thomas Belding and Hezekiah May, of Wethersfield, to set out to the sd. 
Hannah Welles, alias Hale, 1-3 part of the buildings and improveable 
lands of the sd. deceased for her improvement during life. 



Welles, Mary, Wethersfield. Court Record, Page 72 — 2 September, 
1740: Mary Welles, relict of Robert Welles, late of Wethersfield: Adms. 
to Michael Gibson of Tuoro, County of Barnstable, Province of Massa- 
chusetts Bay, attorney to Dorothy Totman and some of the rest of the 
heirs of the sd. deceased Mary Welles. Recog., with John Knowles of 
Hartford. 



Page 96-7-8-9. 

Welles, Capt. Robert, Wethersfield. Invt. £4147-10-00. Taken 14 
September, 1738, by Thomas Curtice and John Stilman. Will dated 2 
November, 1734. 

I, Robert Welles of Wethersfield, do make this my last will and 
testament : I give to my wife Sarah my maid Moll, the silver tankard and 
two silver spoons, with use of lands and house during widowhood. I give 
to my son Robert land in Newington bought of Jonathan Goodrich, also 
of the Kircums, also of William Powell in Hartford Meadow ; also my 
right in the Flats, what I have there with brother Thomas Welles. I give 
to my son Appleton Welles my 50-acre lott by Deacon Welles, as also 
10 acres in Hartford Meadow I bought of Jonathan Steele. I give to my 
son Josiah 6 acres I bought of Nathaniel Nott, 1-2 the pasture I bought 
of William Welles, and that land I bought of Daniel Griswold; also half 
of that lot I bought of Lieut. Catling in Hartford Meadow — the 8-acre 
lot; also half of the east end of that lot by David Churchill's (the west 
end I have given to Robert). I order my son Josiah to pay £20 to his 
sister Martha when she is 18 years of age. I give to my son Hezekiah 
half my house and homelot, barn and pasture I bought of William Welles ; 
also 1-2 of some land bought of Mother Wolcott, he to pay to his sister 
Judith £20 when she is 18 years of age. My will is that my son Hezekiah 
have the homelott and buildings after his mother's decease. I give to my 
daughter Sarah, after her mother's decease, my great Bible, my silver 
cup and two silver spoons. And the five girls to have £100 right in the 
homelott given to my son Hezekiah. I give to my five daughters, viz., 
Abigail, Elizabeth, Mary, Martha and Judeth, £20 to each out of my 
house, lott and buildings after their mother's decease. I appoint my sons 
Robert and Appleton to be executors, with their mother. 

Witness : Gideon Welles, Robert Welles, ls. 

Elizur Goodrich, John Stilman. 

Court Record, Page 33 — 3 October, 1738: Will now exhibited by 
Sarah Welles, the widow, and Robert, the son. Proven. Adms. to Robert 
Welles on part of the estate intestate. Recog., with Rev. William Burn- 
ham. 



364 PROBATE RECORDS, VOL. XIII, 

Page 34 — 3 October, 1738: This Court appoint Mrs. Sarah Welles to 
be guardian to Hezekiah, Martha and Judith Welles, children of Robert 
Welles deceased. Recog., £600. Josiah Welles, age 17 years, chose his 
mother Sarah Welles to be his guardian. 



Will and Invt. in Vol. XIV, Page 8-9-10. 

Whaples, Jonathan, Wethersfield. Invt. £1244-12-10. Taken 10 
February, 1741-2, by Martin Kellogg and David Wright, Jr. Will dated 
II September, 1741. 

I, Jonathan Whaples of Wethersfield, do make this my last will and 
testament: I give to Sarah, my wife, the use of my houseing, stock, 
chattells and lands during the space or time of her remaining my widow. 
I give to my daughter Theodocia £100 of good and lawful money, to be 
raised and levied out of my estate. I give to my son Jonathan Whaples my 
dwelling house and barn with the 71-2 acres of land it stands upon ; also 
5 1-2 acres of land I bought of Joseph Andrews and his brethren, heirs to 
Benjamin Andrus deed. ; also 2 1-2 acres of land at the Springs ; also 
15 1-2 acres at Buck's lott; all in Wethersfield. I give to my well-beloved 
son Daniel Whaples 30 acres of land lying in Farmingtown, which I 
bought of William Wadsworth partly, and part of Thomas Stanley, both 
of Farmingtown. I make my wife Sarah sole executrix. And in her 
hands I leave the disposal of my stock and moveables, as she shall think 
best, among my children. 

Witness: Martin Kellogg, Jonathan Whaples, ls. 

Joseph Denting, Benajah Andrews. 

Court Record, Page no — 2 March, 1741-2: Will proven. 



Page 288. 

Wheeler, Mary, Middletown. Invt. iio-ii-06. Taken by Ebenezer 
White, William Whitmore and John Stow. 

Court Record, Page 81 — 27 January, 1740-1 : Adms. to Edward Hig- 
bee. Recog. in £50, with Benjamin Butler, of Middletown. 



Page 72-3-4. 



White, Jacob, Middletown. Invt. £1629-07-10. Taken 12 April, 
1738, by Thomas Johnson and Samuel Stow. Will dated 8 February, 
1736. 

I, Jacob White of Middletown, do make this my last will and testa- 
ment : I give to my son Thomas White all my lands that I now own in 
the Town of Lebanon; also all my right of land on the east side of the 



1737 TO 1742. PROBATE RECORDS. 365 

Great River in Middletown. I give to my son John White the whole of my 
homestead, viz., my now dwelling house and barn and all the land in the 
lot which they stand on, except one room in my dwelling house I reserve 
and give to my daughter Elizabeth, which room she please to choose, a 
convenient part in the cellar, and garden spot. I give to my cousin Isaac 
White of Middletown ten shillings, and make him sole executor of this 
my will. I give to my son John White all my improved lands in Middle- 
town on the west side of the Great River, all my lands on the Plains, like- 
wise the whole of a lotment of land that lies in the norwest corner of Mid- 
dletown. I give to my son Joseph Frary five acres of my right in the 
commons in Middletown. I give to my daughter Elizabeth the improve- 
ment of one acre of land in the little meadow next to the bridge during 
her life (except she marry, then to return to my son John White). I give 
to my daughter Elizabeth two brass kettles, one large and one small, my 
son John to pay to my daughter Elizabeth £40 money. I will that my son 
John pay to my daughter Deborah £30 money, and to pay to my daughter 
Hannah £20 money. Also I will that my granddaughter Jerusha White 
have £5 out of all my estate if she live to the age of eighteen years. I give 
to my daughter Elizabeth all my household goods. 
Witness : Hugh White, Jacob White, ls. 

Thomas Johnson, Jim., 
Timothy White. 

To this a codicil, without date, was added, giving larger benefit to 
his daughter Elizabeth. Signed: Jacob White, his mark and seal. 

Witness : Hugh White, 
Thomas Johnson, Jun., 
Timothy White. 

Court Record, Page 29 — 2 May, 1738: Will proven. 



Page 126-7-330. 



WMtmore, Joseph, Middletown. Invt. £668-18-07. Taken 31 Jan- 
uary, 1738-9, by Thomas Johnson, Hugh White and Samuel Shepherd- 
Will dated 21 September, 1738. 

I, Joseph Whitmore of Middletown, do make and ordain this my 
last will and testament: My will is that after my just debts and funeral 
charges are paid, all my estate be